160hp RV4 with a fixed pitch metal sensenich cruise prop. I am thinking of building a 180hp RV8 with a fixed pitch sensenich cruise prop as well
Yes, performance will be similar. But you will loose the perfect handling and sexy cheeks
RVs with standard engines have very similar performance when respecting RPM limitations.
We’ve done some speed runs around here, WOT, same RPM (2600), equipped with same MT 3 bladed CSP with the following ships:
A IO-360 RV-8, a O-360 RV-6, and a O-320 RV-4… ended head to head, all at the same top speed (max speed diff 1kt).
Guess similar aerodynamics speak for themselves here, fat wings remain fat