So you think the motor in your ride is pretty big? Well not really, not compared to this beast. What you see above is the World’s largest diesel engine, the 109,000 horsepower Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C.
This bad boy is 13.4 metres high and 27 metres long, making it the same height as a four-story building and about as long as the line outside KFC when the Double-Down was released. It’s 2,300 tons in weight and within its bulky casing is 14 cylinders with each consuming 192ml of diesel every cycle. There’s enough torque to tear anything to shreds even though the massive mill only turns at 102rpm. The motor is a turbocharged two-stroke with common rail injection that apparently improves economy and performance.
The application for an engine of this size is found in massive cargo ships that are almost 400 metres in length and can weigh up to 171,000 tons. These mega machines of the sea can carry 11,000 shipping containers at a speed of 31 knots.
Currently there are 25 of these engines cruising the world’s oceans, with another 86 on order. So you may want to avoid entering into a bragging contest against a container ship captain anytime soon.