Originally Posted by DanH
Double check me on the speed. Vans says top speed is 214 mph for 180 hp and 222 mph for 200 hp...186 knots or 193 knots.
Just for comparison, I have a stock airframe -8, stock factory
Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 (650 TTSN), slick mags, and 74" Hartzell BA prop.
At Reno this year, I qualified at 222.681 mph, slightly better than Van's numbers but on a closed course.
I have cooling drag to lose because my CHT's never go above 380, and during a hot Reno race (95+ degrees) the max CHT I've seen is 365!