Originally Posted by bhassel
LOL! - Well that would be a bummer, but you all are probably correct!
yelp color me fooled
Well back to where I belong - LyCons...
Sorry, but yes it was an April Fools Joke. But I would not be surprised if Rotax built a higher HP engine in the near future.
It is a bit of a tough one though, I am about to begin a Bearhawk build and have been flying behind a 915iS for a while and LOVE it. But the BH just can’t be built (barring extensive FWF modifications and fabrication well beyond my abilities) due to the fore/aft W&B. It was designed for an engine in the 300# range, and the 915 is a 187# engine, maybe close to 200# if you tried. But at the furtherest most forward arm it is not gonna stay in the CG envelope. And I am not a fore of a aft CG guy so it was out of the question.
So, with the above being said, will they build a 180hp turbo engine for only the current market? Or will they try to break into the 10’s of thousands of LyConti’s already out there? Would they build a 180hp normal weight for the Vans, Kitfox and Rans crowd and a heavier model for the legacy crowd?