Little and BIG diesel engines

GM confirms diesel 2013 Cruze


The diesel version is expected to be built at GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, alongside the gas engine models. GM has said it only plans to build Cruzes at the 4,150-worker plant, which already is operating with three shifts.

Comment: Umm ... but the pic of the diesel above: World's largest diesel engine makes 109,000 horsepower

The 109,000-horsepower Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C, which first set sail in the Emma Mærsk in 2006, weighs in at a rotund 2,300 tons, and it's 44-feet tall and 90-feet long. In other words, the TRA96 is the height of a four-story building, and longer than a Christmas Eve line at Sam's Club. Within that massive exterior rests 14 cylinders that each consume 6.5-ounces of diesel fuel every cycle. And, if you like torque, there's enough twist to rip an M1 tank to shreds, though the massive mill churns at only 102 rpm.

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