• Nov 30, 2010
24-cylinder Detroit Diesel madness: Click above to watch the video after the jump

Want to see something really crazy? How about a 24-cylinder Detroit Diesel engine with twelve giant blowers, all polished up and ready for its new assignment. For what it's worth, its previous assignment was providing the motive force necessary to spin the propeller of a ocean-going yacht.

And its new assignment? Nestled tightly within the confines of a Peterbilt semi truck, mated up to an Allison transmission of some sort and mounted on a custom-built 40-foot-long chassis. Sounds pretty epic to us, and we're thinking that 3,424 horsepower (our feeble brains are telling us it should have well over 5,000 pound-feet of torque...) ought to be just about enough.

And the man behind the madness? That would be Big Mike, the burly bearded millionaire you can read about in detail right here. Nicely done, Mr. Harrah. Hit the jump to see a video of this ridiculous piece of machinery make its first dyno run.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      No smoke?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I don't know if I'd be confident to be walking around so close to something with that many belts and pullies with a beard like that!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would someone please give this man a major award?

      Step aside Picasso, Rembrandt who? Van Gogh was a sissy. Michaelangelo used paint by numbers. Big Mike, you sir, are one of the great artisans of our time. I'd like to have a beer with you buddy. Do you have any daughters?

      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm willing to bet that "big mike" has a small.... something... and by small i mean not like funny small, i mean like "medically fascinating" small.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My question is, why use throttle plates on a diesel engine? They don't need them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Realistically I imagine because that's how the scoops they used were outfitted. Ideally they'll also use those throttle plates as an emergency shut-off in case the engine ever does a run-away. That could be a big problem with something producing 3000+ hp!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Could be useful as an emergency stop in case of a runaway. Otherwise probably just because they look cool on top of the blowers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A slap in the face to Greenpeace.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ONLY in AMERICA!!! That's why I FUGGIN' LOVE AMERICA!!!! I mean, it could all end tomorrow, but are we a nation of badasses or WHAT!!?? EAT your HEART OUT Bluemotion, or whatever vw calls their diesel line haha!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny that you refer to the Germans when Detroit Diesel is owned by Daimler, which just so happens to be German... Irony is fun!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, that's definitely gonna be more than four quarts of oil...

      I bet the filter's the size of a 5 gallon bucket
      • 4 Years Ago
      But what is the MPG? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess it doesn't need any DEF fluid?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only they could find a way to jam that into a sports car :p

      And since it's a diesel, I bet you can still measure it in MPG, not GPM
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, Chief, you better shave that beard if you're going to hang around those unshielded blower drive belts.
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