When you think of a 4.0 liter engine you immediately think of a V8 or at the very least a big six cylinder. What you don't think of is a 4.0 liter four cylinder especially one designed to go into a car. Think about it that is 1.0 liter per cylinder, which is a massive displacement for a single cylinder. It is insane, why would anyone build an engine this way?
Naturally an engine of this type comes to us from the world of Motorsport. Elmer Racing has built this lightweight beast of a 4 cylinder to compete in the world of hill climbs and time attacks. The rules of these events often penalize cars featuring V8's with weight penalties so the solution was a compact 4 cylinder with a massive displacement. The engine is completely custom made by Elmer Racing with two things in mind, massive power and lightweight design. They named their creation Thor, because when you build a massive 4 cylinder engine capable of 1,500 horsepower at 10,000 RPM what else are you going to call it? Buttercup?
The engine will find it's first home in Rod Pobestek’s Porsche 968 RP968. The car is one of the insane machines designed to tackle the World Time Attack Challenge. These are like normal cars that have received a steady dose of steroids for about 4 decades. Huge horsepower, usually 1,000+ combined with massive aerodynamics make these machines the most insane things to grace the world's race tracks. Now, they prepare for the arrival of a Thor powered Porsche.
God we would love to put this engine in our project Volvo V70R, unfortunately I don't think we can afford the $140,000 price tag.