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  • Reverse Engineering Builds a Better Motorbike for the Drag Strip
    a stronger case. Funny-bike racing has suffered from a weak link -- the clutch. The racer must slip the clutch, riding a thin line between bogging the engine and wearing out the clutch. Either situation can cost a race, so shop owner Shawn Fisher designed and built a centrifugal clutch similar
  • Tom-Thumb turbines power radio-controlled jets
    a centrifugal clutch that decouples the helicopter blades from the turbine, letting them stop turning while the engine is idling. This 2.25-in. turbojet engine was designed and built by Ewald Schuster. It weighs 6.5 oz, produces 4 lb of thrust, and operates at up to 220,000 rpm. This turbofan engine

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