Anotherguy - Agree. And I doubt the engineers really ever get it WRONG. They just might not have designed it exactly the way everyone wants. Engineering is definitly one of those pursuits where you can't please all the people all the time. BTW, it's really the BIG bore that's limited by flame front speed, not the small bore. More of a benefit of smaller bores, and part of the reason Ferrari builds V12s.
And let's not think about the times the bean counters win the war, and management tells the engineers to use the rod or other piece already in production.