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...yea - driving the prop of the cam on an avaition engine - will in theory may make weight sense .... is not a good "reliability and durability is #1" idea.

anyways- the elite was built per a boat, then chapman got into planes, true it would have been really fascinating if the lotus personal sport plan had seen the light of day. eventauly liabilty lawsuits would have ruined lotus no doubt - but he, and rutan were/are pure genius!

i heard rutan owns an elise?
 

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not an expert a&p or engine design guy - but it would seem to me that either the valetrain / cam would fail from the load. or you would have to build it so robust that you might as well go with crank redution gearing.

fundamentally, driving anything with load off the cam, is a bad idea
 
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