Amen. No need for motivational speeches from management, no time for offsite teambuilding exercises. Those machinists, fitters, clerks, and janitors traveled through bombed out neighborhoods to get to their jobs--they knew exactly what the stakes were.you forget that the rolls were made under enemy fire,take a look at pictures from the plant at the time to see just what fierce determination looks like
They run the standard block but the heads are what they refer to as "transport" heads. They're a lot beefier and handle the higher combustion pressures better.Modern Reno Air Racers prefer bomber engines because the crank cases are a bit stronger. Then they mix and match RR and Packard parts. Allison piston rods are often installed because they are stronger than Merlin piston rods.
Then racers boost super-chargers to obscene pressures (more than 50 inches of mercury) and try to finish the race before parts melt.
The P-38K was an experiment with the Merlin. Performance was supposed to be outstanding, but that might have been the result of the prop change (IIRC)....which also begs the question of a P-38/Merlin package. If they could only slow production down enough to develop this combo, I'll bet it would have been something spectacular.