Yamaha is accountable for some of the greatest road car engines of all time, from the Lexus LFA’s screaming V10 to the Ford Taurus SHO’s snake’s nest V6. As for racing engines, things are a bit less rosy.
The 1970s ‘Kenmeri’ Nissan Skyline holds a very dear place in my heart, nestled in between the first tree I ever had a crush on and the time [REDACTED] while the music played in the art studio. Here is one with a Mazda 13B rotary swap. Its sound brings me great joy.
There’s a lot of car stuff out there on the Internet today. Turn your attention here, though, to this MkII Ford Escort RS2000, with a uncorked Pinto engine screaming up a hillclimb. Let me tell you, this is the good stuff.
Here’s a car with an engine that is loud. In addition to being very powerful, putting some 2,700 horsepower to the rear tires from its whipple screw-supercharged 540 cubic inches, it is very loud. Of all engines, this is one of the louder ones.
Lamborghini isn’t particularly well-known for racing so much as it is for revving loudly in front of nightclubs, so it’s easy to forget that the little company out of Sant’Agata ran a Formula 1 engine program from 1989 to 1993. It was glorious in the way only a Lambo could be.
The Mazda 787B is famous for its ear-piercing wail at high RPM, made possible by its four-rotor engine. Rarely do we take time to listen to how insane these cars sound at idle.
We will have to wait a few more weeks for Formula Drift’s reigning champion (and useful drinking buddy) Chris Forsberg to debut his twin-turbo, anti-lag VQ V6 in competition. The team is still working out the engine’s bugs. For now, we can only hear it in testing and it is WHRRRTTCHCRRKRKKKvrrrtvrrrtvrrtWHKRRRKRKRKRK.
The level of engineering in pro drift cars these days is utterly fascinating. Here is, for instance, Chris Forsberg’s twin-turbo, anti-lag Nissan VQ V6 putting down four-figure horsepower numbers while sounding like the whole world is ending.
After years of waiting and hoping, we are finally getting the Civic Type R in America. Not only will this be the angriest looking Honda you can buy, but the meanest sounding one as well.
If you have ever wondered what happens when you tune a high-power single-turbo straight six with anti-lag, the answer is lots of extremely angry-looking flames.
Back in 2010, BMW decided that what made the most sense for its production-based racing program was to run its sporty Z4 roadster.
BMWs are not known best as rally cars. Honestly, BMWs are probably best known as suburban commuter cars at this point. Regardless, here’s a rally BMW to remind you what a BMW ought to sound like.
The 3.0-liter era of Formula 1 and endurance racing in the 1960s and ‘70s produced some of the most greatest engines in car history. This Ferrari flat-12 probably isn’t one of them.
The 1990s Nissan R33 Skyline in this video has a 3.0 liter RB30DET, an engine that was never sold from the factory, an aftermarket-only hybrid of a high-displacement block with a twin-cam turbo head. It is one of the coolest straight sixes of the modern era, and it is still utterly silenced by the scream of a…
This is Luke Fink’s BMW E46 drift car. In this BMW E46, there is a BMW S85 V10. It sounds like a dentist drill big enough to put a hole in a building.
Dear carmakers, I have listened to many of your latest and greatest twelve-cylinder engines. They are powerful. They are efficient. They do not sound like a V12 should. To set you back on the right path, please listen to the twelve-mouthed gulps of air this Toyota engine takes.
The 3.5 liter, 640 horsepower Mercedes ‘M291' 180-degree 12 cylinder engine died twice: first when it repeatedly failed on the race track, and second when the entire racing series it was designed for came to an end.
Just listen not even to just the engine note of this little 1960s Alfa Romeo. Listen to the entire satisfying process of getting into the car and turning it on.
The GT40s that we think of first thundering past Ferrari at Le Mans were equipped with Ford’s vast 427 V8s, but the early cars came with smaller, lighter 289s. And my god did they sound good.
There’s a pretty straightforward hierarchy to engines: four cylinders are for economy cars, six cylinders are for mid-level luxury cars, eight cylinders are for muscle cars are trucks and 12 cylinders lord over the rest. But there are exceptions, and there’s a rung above the 12: the mythical and unbelievably rare…