If you think your engine room is crowded, take a look at this: The Wärtsilä RT-flex96C, the largest and most powerful diesel engine in the world. It is 44 feet tall and 90 feet long, has 14 cylinders and develops 107,389 hp. And it’s not available on the recreational boat market. Instead, it’s meant for large container ships. Read more from zmescience:
This jaw-dropper is the Wärtsilä RT-flex96C, the world’s largest and most powerful diesel engine.
Built in Finland, the RT-flex96C’s fourteen cylinders can generate 107,389HP with more than 7,000,000Nm of torque — that’s enough to power an entire suburban town.
The engine weighs 2,300 tons and stands 44-feet tall and 90-feet long – more than a four-story building. Redline is at 102 RPM, but the torque is enough to tear a tank to shreds.
Each of the 14 built-in cylinders devours 6.5 ounces of diesel in one cycle that produces 5700 kW of energy. That might sound like a lot, but the engine is actually highly efficient and one of the least polluting of its kind.
You might wonder what kind of behemoth would need so much power. In 2006, the Wärtsilä RT-flex96C engine was installed and finally set sail on the Emma Mærsk, a cargo ship that can carry 11,000 20-foot shipping containers at a breakneck speed of 31 knots, whereas most other ships in its class typically cruise with 20 knots. Read more: