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Old 09-20-2012, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_clueless View Post
Perhaps I should have clarified -- how long before we see a single cylinder 500 cc engine putting out 400 hp!
Never, at least for street use on gasoline. That'd be 800 hp/L, which is only made by Top Fuel dragster engines running silly amounts of nitromethane in engines that last up to 5 seconds at fuel throttle.

A more likely future would be a tiny 500cc engine making 50hp to charge the batteries for long trips (it'd be enough for a sustained 80mph in many cars), while the car is driven by a 400hp electric motor for stop-n-go fun.
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