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Old 12-06-2002, 10:42 AM
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When the turbine powered cat "Flash Gordon" was at the shootout this year, I notice what looked like a Kevlar drive belt used in sort of a drop box configuration to transfer power to the drive.
I'm looking at a project where a configuration like this would be useful. Does anyone know a source for these types of belts and pulleys? I'm looking for high hp applications. Are these belts used on drag bikes?
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Old 12-06-2002, 10:46 AM
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He uses them instead of a conventional gearbox. He uses the t T53 powerplant at approx. 1500hp. How much hp are you planning on running?
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:22 PM
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GE-T58, nearly 1400hp. Any good sources for those drive belts? Online?
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:27 PM
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Gates kevlar cog belts - 125mm. Go with steel pulleys rather than aluminum. Blowers use alum pulleys but in your marine application they'll eat the kevlar belts.
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Thanks tachyon,
Easier to find than I thought.
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Old 12-06-2002, 03:04 PM
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Did you ever see the 25' daytona he had before that? He had an 1800hp diesel turbine in a V drive!! How he managed to get that right is beyond me. Nice looking boat and ran great. I would have loved to have had it. I think it ran faster that his 36'.
 
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I first saw the 25 turbine at Texoma. He was breezing around at 100+ all the way around the lake while kicking back. I saw him in it many times at Lavon. It was advertised to run between 150 and 160mph in the back of Powerboat. I think he was asking ~135k Not bad considering what it was capable of. Sweet package.
 
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It was cool to see him start it up and back it off the trailer. It had everyone in the marina staring at it. It had a little two bladed prop on it and ran very flat. Had about a two foot diameter exhaust pipe that exited at about a 45 degree angle through the deck/transom joint in the rear. Apparently someone farther north bought it. Heck, he/she may be on this board!
 
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