The tank engine roars to life.
Here’s what happens when you shove a 27-liter V12 tank engine into a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. This is the first test start in the car, but later, the build would have a twin-turbo system for a serious power upgrade.
The Rolls-Royce Meteor was a development from the famous Merlin V12 and was specifically for tank or other motorized artillery applications. The Meteor wasn’t supercharged and had to run on lower octane gasoline rather than the high-octane avgas for the Merlin. This was enough to make around 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) in early applications in the 1940s and 810 hp (604 kW) in later versions.
This Meteor has been heavily modified, including the installation of the twin-turbo setup. The team’s goal is to make 2,500 hp (1,864 kW) and 3,806 pound-feet (5,160 Newton-meters) of torque. For the full story and video, check out this article from Motor 1.