How to get 1000bhp

1000bhp engines

1,000bhp is that mythical number, but have you ever wondered what it takes to get there? Well wonder no more…

Let’s get one thing clear from the start, if you have enough cash, pretty much any engine over 1.0ltr can be made to produce 1,000bhp or more. It may only last 10sec before grenading itself and killing everyone in a 200m radius, it may cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, it may run on a fuel that gives you cancer by even thinking about it, but it can be done.

But this isn’t about that. This is about engines that you can take to 1,000bhp for almost sensible money (like 15 grand), and last an almost sensible amount of time (like years, not days). These engines are, unsurprisingly, thin on the ground, but with the right information and contacts, you too could build (or pay someone else to build) something capable of 1,000bhp.

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