3. The world’s most powerful engine produces a whopping 108,920bhp at 102rpm! It’s the 14-cylinder Wartsila RT-flex96C, which is over 27 metres long and 13 metres high.
4. Many European manufacturers quote power in ‘PS’ which is German for Pferdestarke or ‘horse strength’.
6. The term horsepower was first used by the Scottish engineer James Watt in 1782 while working with steam engines. He saw that a mine horse could pull 22,000 lb/ft of load per minute but for some reason increased that by 50 percent to 33,000 lb/ft of load per minute and called it horsepower.
9. Although the official figures were never released, many people believe that the most powerful rally car in history is the Audi Quattro S1, which had over 500bhp.
10. The most powerful F1 engines ever made were the BMW BT54 1.5ltr 4-cylinder turbos which delivered up to 1,400bhp in qualifying spec. The engine blocks were taken from used BMWs which had done at least 100K miles because BMW claimed it ensured that the majority of the stresses in the metal were relieved after going through so many thermal cycles.
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