707 horsepower. That’s what’s under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Fill ‘er up with 100 octane, and you can get 840 horsepower out of a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Or (if $2.5 million is burning a hole through your pocket), you could be driving a Bugatti Chiron, with 1,479 horsepower at your fingertips.
And those are all impressive engines.
Until you see this.
That’s the look of 109,000 horsepower. The biggest engine in the world.
Now it’s true, since it weighs 2,300 tons, stands 44 feet tall and is 90 feet long – you’re not going to find the Wartsila RT-flex96C in a car, any car, ever.
But what the world’s biggest engine DOES run – are ships. Some of the world’s biggest ships, naturally. Like the Emma Maersk (which actually was the world’s biggest container ship, when it was launched.)
But big as it is, inside the RT-flex 96C has a crankshaft, pistons…
…cylinders (14 of them), a diesel engine (with some tweaks) like the diesel engine in a car or a truck, running on diesel fuel (with some nautical tweaks).
So even though you’d have to look hard to find this (the Bugatti’s W16 engine)…
…next to this (the RT-flex 96C, installed on board)…
…the principles of the internal combustion engine are at work just the same, on land and sea. And they both run on diesel fuels, produced from petroleum.
Now if you’d like to see the Bugatti, or the Dodge, or the Jeep, head down to your nearest dealership. And if you can see what the Emma Maersk is up to, right now, or anytime, try VesselFinder.
(Sorry though, if you’d like to get the feel of 109,000 horsepower, you’ll have to start by applying to the Merchant Marine Academy. The Emma Maersk, unlike the cars, is not for sale.)
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