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The most powerful diesel engine in the world

Rta96C Crank
We’ve covered tiny engines, steam engines… here’s one of the biggest diesel engines – “The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today… It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines. These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships. Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them… Even at it’s most efficient power setting, the big 14 consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil per hour.” [via] – Link.

12 thoughts on “The most powerful diesel engine in the world

  1. so even if that thing is crusing along at an astonishing 60mph thats like… almost 28 Gallons per mile and I thought 16mpg was bad.

  2. True… then again, not most of us pull as much bulk as one of those babys. Would be interesting to get the weight factored into the mpg number.

  3. Hi im a high school student working on a project for the history of diesel motors any ideas for me to include in my paper?

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