• Oct 8th 2008 at 7:57PM
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Click above to watch a video of the mini V12 engine in action

Today we've seen something quite small and extremely awesome: a small-scale V12 engine designed for model radio controlled vehicles. This is an entirely functional model and features twin camshafts and overhead valves. It's air-cooled to simplify things by ridding itself of the need for complex water jackets, radiators and the associated plumbing, though the crankshaft is made from multiple pieces. The lilliputian engine displaces just 87-cubic centimeters, but produces between 6 and 8 horsepower running on a mixture of methanol and nitro methane. The best thing of all is the builders say they will be making kits available soon so enterprising craftsmen can power their RC cars, planes and boats with a real V12. To truly get an idea of just how awe inspiring this little machine is, click past the break for a video of the mini V12 in action.

[Source: Wawu via Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I see a supercharger in its future...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is so friggin awesome!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I used to run a carburated 2.5cc engine in a nitromethane powered 1/10th scale touring car. Thing could top out in the low 50mph range fairly easily, and supposedly it put out around 1.3HP. Of course, it didn't even weigh 3 pounds with batteries loaded to power the servos and radio receiver, and a full tank of fuel.

      RC engines are largely single-cylinder 2-strokes though, and they're not the most powerful things in the world. You're talking revving these things well past the 20,000 rpm range to develop this power. I think 2.5cc engines were pushing 30K, though it's been nearly a decade since I was in the hobby and racing cars. Think when I got out of it 1/8th scale kits with 2-speed transmissions were pushing 70mph without much issue.

      There's fuel-injected engines and 4-strokes nowadays. Planes have had the luxury of 2 and 4 piston engines for a while. A V12 though? Crikey, that's going to cost some coin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing would be so awesome in a WW2 fighter model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      v12 with two cams?
      wouldnt that be a W12?
      the V reps the layout of the engine but unless its two V 6's welded together frontside together (leaving the middle unconnected) it would have to be made in a V shape with the cylinders staggered...
      i think...
        another Dan
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is indeed a V-12. Not a W-12. This motor has one camshaft on either side of the crankshaft inside the crankcase. You can see the pushrods coming out of the crankcase and leading up to the rocker arms.
      • 6 Years Ago
      how cute!
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow.. if this thing really has 8-6 hp wouldn't it be able to run a go kart?? that could have been NICE...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now just put that in a Smart and OFF WE GO!
      • 6 Years Ago
      you think that's cool (it is) check out the mini wankel...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I would love that to power my lawnmower! It would make it soooo fun! And make my neighbors hella jealous!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Take a closer look folks, that's a propeller mount on the front. It ain't no car engine.
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