The world's biggest, most powerful internal combustion engine

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This is a huge diesel engine that's 107 times more powerful than the 1000HP of a Bugatti Veyron, one of the world's fastest cars, making it look puny by comparison.

Used in huge cargo ships, it boosts them to a fast 31 knots - yup, super slow in car terms, but 50% faster than other cargo ships with less powerful engines which top out at around 20 knots.

The RT-flex96C is a true giant among engines, with its fourteen cylinders that can generate 107,389HP with more than 7,000,000Nm of torque — enough to power an entire suburban town.

The engine weighs 2,300 tons and stands 44 feet tall and 90 feet long – more than a four-story building. Redline is at 102 RPM, but the torque is enough to tear a tank to shreds.

Lots more fascinating info and pictures in the article.


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The engine fresh out of the factory.


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The engine installed in the ship. Unrecognizable, isn't it?



And here's the Wikipedia entry for the Bugatti Veyron, because it's one of my favourite cars. Its successor, the Chiron, hit over 300mph in modified form on a test track. Not scary, not scary at all...
 
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