What's The Smallest Engine Ever Put In The Largest Car?

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There's something inherently right about a big engine in a little car. There's also something inherently wrong about a little engine in a big car — and that's why I like them so much.

It's just perverse to see a tiny engine suspended in a vast engine bay. It's why I want to swap a 1.0-liter Ecoboost motor into an old Mercury Meteor and why I love the Mazda Roadpacer so goddamn much.


It's a full-size, 3,470-lb Holden with a 1.3-liter Mazda rotary in it. You can see the engine bay in this YouTube video by WasabiCars.

The whole thing was perhaps the most bizarre example of platform engineering in the history of the car industry. It also had a sweet paisley interior.

Can you think of an even smaller engine fit in an even larger car than that? What engine bay has the most extra space swallowing up a tiny motor?


Photo Credit: Mazda

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