Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C: The world’s largest diesel engine churns out 108,920hp

Here’s something that would make the Bugatti Veyron SS look like a toddler’s first tricycle. This mammoth, that can shame most supercars of the world, is the Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C. Proclaimed the world’s largest diesel engine standing 44 ft above the ground (which roughly equates to a 5-story building), the thing measures 89 feet in width and weighs around 2,300 tons.

World’s Most Gargantuan Diesel Engine
World’s Most Gargantuan Diesel Engine

And its beauty isn’t just skin deep either. The Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C is also the world’s most powerful engine to run on diesel with its 14 cylinders displacing 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480L) of fuel giving out an astronomical 108,920 hp at 102 revs per minute with the torque topping out at 5,608,312 pounds per feet at 102 revs. At its most fuel-efficient setting, the RTA96-C still needs to be fed 1,660 gallons of heavy oil by the hour.

Compare that to the fastest car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and the difference becomes even clearer. The Bugatti features an 8.0-liter W-16 engine that produces 1,200 hp a peak torque of 1,106 lb/ft. that seems like a lot till you see that even a single of the 14 cylinders on the Wärtsilä displaces 111,143 cubic inches giving out 7,780 hp!

The engine was created by Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä for shipping giants Emma Mærsk in 2006 for what was at a point the largest cargo carrier in the world. The 2-stroke turbocharged diesel engine is based on an older RTA96C variant and there are just 25 of this make in service currently with 86 still in the works.

Not to sound greedy, but won't it just be fantastic if there was a way that the giant could be miniaturized without shrinking in power using nano tech or something? That makes for some delicious daydreams and we hope the designers at SSC find some inspiration from the monster as they try to outpace the Bugatti with their new venture.

Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-CWärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C

Via: Gizmodo

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