Have you ever thought of putting a tank engine in a normal car?
Naturally!you will say
Who hasn’t? That makes perfect sense! But seriously: There are three friends from Sweden who have actually thought about it and are even in the process of putting this plan into action.
But they don’t use just any ordinary car for this, but one of the cult limousines of the United States par excellence. The Ford Crown Victoria is the number one government vehicle. Whether it’s in police colors or the plain black of the FBI, just about anyone who’s turned on the television will have seen one. For example, Special Agents Mulder and Scully rushed from case to case with a Crown Vic (model series 1992 – 2011), as it is affectionately called in the USA.
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The Meteor Interceptor
But even the two experts on mystery have not come across a specimen with a tank engine in all the seasons. What’s more, it’s not even a normal tank engine. No, the three friends have pimped the 650 hp Rolls-Royce Meteor, which did its work in the British battle tank Centurion at the end of the Second World War, to 2,500 hp by means of two turbochargers. The following video reveals how the monster sounds in action:
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27 liters displacement and full twelve cylinders transfer their power to the road using a specially manufactured gearbox. But that’s not the only special order. In the modified Ford Crown Vicotoria, which incidentally has the euphonious name
Meteor Interceptor carries, among other things, there is a supporting frame construction in order to be able to carry the 835-kilogram V12 engine at all.
Normally, a V8 engine with a displacement of 4.6 liters does its work in the Ford Crown Victoria. In addition, the limousine is considered to be particularly easy to repair, which is why it is ideal for the tank engine. Or at least as ideal as a car can be suitable for it.
The car as an end in itself
Incidentally, under full load, the E85 tank of the Meteor Interceptor is empty after four minutes, because the petrol pump has a throughput of 37.8 liters per minute. In an interview with Car Motor Sports reveals the mastermind behind the armored car (the term fits surprisingly well here), Daniel Werner, what this is supposed to be good for:
For me, building a car with a giant engine is the most important thing in itself. However, my dream would be to race across a salt lake in Bonneville (USA).
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Have you ever heard of this project? And did you feel like putting your foot down on the accelerator of the Meteor Interceptor? Write it to us in the comments!