Thursday Five: The five most powerful engines
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While last week we celebrated the humble 4-cylinder engine, this week we are all about power! That’s right, this Thursday Five brings you the five most powerful production engines by type ever to be fitted to road-legal cars.
Petrol and diesel, naturally aspirated and forced induction, and as a wildcard we will also throw in an electric motor for good measure.
1. Most powerful naturally aspirated petrol engine - 588kW Ferrari F140FE V12
This 6.3-litre version packs the same mighty 588kW as the FXX track-only version of the Enzo, but also has the assistance of the 120kW KERS system for added insanity. Just for reference, the hottest V8 available in the Holden Commodore VB when it was first launched in 1978 was 114kW. Overkill anyone?
The brilliantly (and no doubt appropriately) named FXX-K track-only version will pack an astonishing 633kW, with a further 140kW from the KERS system, meaning that whatever replaces the LaFerrari could well reverse the earth’s rotation under heavy acceleration...
2. Most powerful forced-induction petrol engine - 820kW Koenigsegg V8
But it doesn’t stop there, because - like the LaFerrari - the Regera that the V8 is stuffed into also adds three electric motors that raise the total output to a simply staggering 1,103kW...
3. Most powerful naturally aspirated diesel engine - 138kW International Harvester IDI V8
In 1987 IH enlarged the 6.9-litre diesel V8 it supplied to Ford up to 7.3-litres, and Ford was only too happy to jam into many, many F-250 and F-350 pick-ups. IH would add a turbo a few years later, barely increasing power, but ending what will now possibly always be the most powerful naturally aspirated production car diesel engine ever built.
4. Most powerful forced-induction diesel engine - 368kW Audi CR DPF V12
5.Most powerful electric motor - 811kW Rimac Concept One