Engines are arguably the most important invention of man and they come in all shoes and sizes. From powering vehicles to powering manufacturing plants, the power of engines is largely dependent on horse power and efficiency. We have compiled a list of the most powerful engines in the world. This list does not only include the world’s largest engines but the most powerful small engines as well.
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10. Audi 3L Supercharged V-6
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The Audi 3L supercharged V-6 comes with a horse power of 333 and a compression ate of 10.3:1. This earns it a coveted seat among the most powerful small engines ever built. This engine is the defacto engine in the A8 range of Audi automobiles which gives the vehicles a unique brute strength coupled with an enviable torque.
9. Porsche 2.7L Flat Six Boxer
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Porsche has builst its brand on the pivot of innovation and it’s not a wonder that one of their engines has made it on our top ten list of the most powerful small engines. In fact, this is one of the engines that helps to debunk the myth that a strong engine has to be a large engine. Since this engine was built for a sports car, it was built to have an impressive horse power while at the same time saving on the space.
8. Triumph Rocket III
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The triumph rocket 3 is another interesting entry among the most powerful small engines. It is water-cooled motorcycle engine that is impressively strong for a motorcycle engine. This 2.3 liter engine comes with a horsepower of 140 making it one of the strongest engines that has ever been designed for a motorbike.
7. The GE90 – 115B
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So far, we have only looked at the most powerful small engines but there are some powerful large engines too. Starting us off is the GE90 which easily passes the bigness test among the world’s largest engines in the aviation industry. This engine is an impressive 18ft long, 11 ft wide and it is 18,260 pounds in weight. The engine has one of the most remarkable thrusts (127,000 lbf) which explains why it is used in jets.
6. The SWT-60-154
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The SWT-60 is another of the world’s largest engines that is worth writing home about. This is the biggest wind rotor that has ever been built and it generated an impressive 8,046 horsepower. This massive wind engine that has a diameter of 505 ft was developed by Siemens, a company that is known for various other electrical innovations.
5. The 4000-class 4-8-8-4
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This is arguably one of the oldest, strongest and world’s largest engines ever built. It was built from 1941 to 1945 by the Union Pacific Railroad and it has gone down in history as the longest steam powered train that has ever been built. These massive and powerful engines were overtaken by events due to the introduction of the diesel engines and so all of the 25 of them were taken out of play.
4. The Big Blow
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This is another massive engine by Union Pacific Railroad to make it on our list of the world’s largest engines. It has a length of 83 feet and has a horsepower of 4500-8500 depending on the generation. Even though this is one of the most powerful engines in the world, it also happens to be one of the most inefficient engines in locomotives and that is why it probably didn’t catch on.
3. The F1 engine
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This is one of the most powerful engines in the world and it was designed specifically for rockets. This is the engine made its debut in Saturn V and it proved equal to the extraordinary task of powering a spaceship into outer space. It measured 363 feet and generated at least 190 million horsepower making it not only one of the largest but also most powerful engines ever built.
2. Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C
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This engine was developed in Finland and it is without doubt one of the most powerful engines in the world. In fact, this is the largest marine engines in existence today. It is 89 feet long and 44 feet wide and it has an impressive horsepower of up to 107,389. As one might expect, such a massive engine also needs lots of fuel to run and this is in fact one of the most expensive engines to run – it needs approximately 39 barrels of oil every hour which means the engine spends approximately $34.00 worth of fuel per minute of fuel.
1. 1750 MWe ARABELLE turbine generator
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This is not only one of the most powerful engines in the world but it is also a quite innovative engine. It was designed to covert the steam dissipated by the French nuclear reactor into electric power. This is one of the most massive engines ever built with a single blade weighing an impressive 176 pounds and the engine has a horsepower of 2,346,788, making it the most powerful engine built.
So there you have it – the top ten list of the biggest and smallest most powerful engines ever created. Found the list interesting? Don’t forget to share it with your friends. Sharing is caring!