Sunday, 29 September 2013
gloomy Teutonic genius preference for electric transmissions is well known. These were successfully (depending on the definition of successful, I suppose) used in Ferdinand and Maus tanks. However, Porsche wasn't the only one with these bright ideas. The Soviets had a go at it too:
CAMD RF 38-11355-22
"Assistant professor Bogoyavlenskiy designed an electrical transmission for the KV tank and submitted it to GABTU in October of 1940.
After working on this issue, it was discovered that the specially constructed electrical transmission can be placed within the existing transmission compartment of the KV tank. Fig. 1 shows the diesel generator and two motors in the transmission compartment. According to preliminary calculations performed at the Academy, there is also a possibility of arranging the transmission parallel to the tank's hull, the same way that it is currently placed in a KV tank."
Your eyes do not deceive you. In order to attach the generator to the V2 engine, the entire setup had to be placed diagonally.