Whenever I see something like this I think of the incredible and crazy complex engineering that has to take place to turn fuel into rotational energy and think "wow" but also "why?" It all just seems pointless now that electric motors can do the job so much more precisely and with only a few moving parts, none of which reciprocate. And more reliably. And with more power. Someday (soon) we will look back on gasoline powered cars as something clunky and imprecise and inelegant, much the same way we would compare a carburetor inducted piston aircraft engine from the 1930's to a modern high bypass turbine.
Bob Stuart
I'm guessing that the biggest difference between this engine and older ones is advanced fuel injection, but there are a dozen other possibilities that may also be included.
Electric cars with that sort of performance weigh tonnes, literally! Just checkout the weight of a top end Tesla car.
smackoz Sure it was a one-off but still impressive just the same.
Yeah, but can it use regular 87-octane fuel? If not, I won't be trading-in my 2011 Fiesta anytime soon.
Gene Preston
Isn't this car still slightly slower than the Tesla Roadster?
Guys - remember - this brief period here is the Woodstock moment of the IC engine - it's the party at the end of school, before electrics take over. I do agree, even if I do have a V-12 hotrod among my toy cars.
Everybody who keeps harping on about electric completely replacing gasoline power: this was supposed to happen 50 years ago, with lawnmowers. It never happened. So time to quit it already? Thanks.
"Isn't this car still slightly slower than the Tesla Roadster?" Where did you find the performance specs, Gene?
Martin Hone
No surprises that the pistons and con-rods are machined, presumably from billet or forgings. Certainly an awesome piece. As stated, it is a doozy, an old saying that goes back to the Duesenberg's a Duesy !