12 cylinder engines


First Look: The BMW M760Li xDrive

With the new BMW M760Li xDrive, the freshly launched new BMW 7 Series is gaining a prestigious flagship model. Headlined by its exceptional refinement and supreme power delivery at all times, the 12-cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnet reinforces the new car’s range-topping status. The boldly dynamic driving characteristics of the BMW M760Li xDrive combine with superior ride comfort to make a compelling statement & set a new benchmark in the luxury sedan segment.

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Ferrari 365 GT4 BB, 1971. Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina, the “Berlinetta Boxer” was first shown at the 1971 Turin motor show though it did not go on sale until 1973. It was Ferrari’s first 12 cylinder mid-engined road car as Enzo Ferrari had felt that a such a configuration would be too difficult for his buyers to handle. Only 387 of the original 4.4 litre flat 12 BBs were produced making it the rarest of all Berlinetta Boxers

Dodrill-GMR Mechanical Heart. It was the first operational mechanical heart successfully used while performing open heart surgery. It was developed by Dr. Forest Dodrill, and General Motors Research. It measured 10 x 12 x 17 in, and looked like a 12-cylinder engine with six chambers. 1952

Bungou Stray Dogs: Another Story

<< Chapter 1.

Here we go, the first part of chapter 2! It’s now being narrated by our lovely Tsujimura – who, by the way, is an absolute angel.

[ Chapter 2 (part 1): Before the Special Abilities Division’s Secret Base ]

My bangs looked nice, I thought.

Reflected within the car window was myself, pinching and lifting up pieces of hair from my bangs. Because of my hair and eyes, I put a lot of effort into my appearance.

I’m alright. I’m perfectly fine. There’s no way in hell a special ability criminal can oppose a frightening agent. I’m perfectly fine.

I was in the back-door parking lot of the library. It was deadly quiet. Aside from a few older people here and there, there was no one to be seen. This is natural. This is a top secret government facility. An information collection base under direct control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, my superior summoned me here to this facility.

Though publicly seen as just a library in the mountains, if you were to look carefully enough, the security was tight and every guard held a sub-machine gun hidden under their pouch.

I, Tsujimura, am a person formerly affiliated with this facility – a non-public organization of the Ministry of Home Affairs… and now, an agent of the Secret Military’s Special Abilities Division.

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Long living legend⬇Alfa Romeo Tipo 33
Alfa started development of the Tipo 33 in the early 1960s, with the first car being built in 1965. It was sent to Autodelta to be completed and for additional changes to be made. It used an Alfa TZ2 straight-4 engine, but Autodelta produced its 2.0 litre V8 soon after. The 2000cc Tipo 33 mid-engined prototype debuted on 12 March 1967 at the Belgian hillclimbing event at Fléron, with Teo Zeccoli winning. The first version was named as “periscope” because it had very characteristic air inlet.
The original T33 proved unreliable and uncompetitive in the 1967 World Sportscar Championship, its best result a 5th at the Nürburgring 1000, driven by Zeccoli & Roberto Bussinello.
In 1968, Alfa’s subsidiary, Autodelta, created an evolution model called 33/2. A road version, dubbed Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, was also introduced. After winning his class at Daytona it was called “Daytona”.
After finishing the Targa Florio on place 1 & 2, it had some more good finishes.
Then the Tipo 33/3 made its debut in 1969 at the 12h of Sebring. It was now an open prototype.
Alfa did not take part in Le Mans after Lucien Bianchi’s death in a test session. The car took a couple of wins in smaller competitions but overall the 1969 season was not a successful one and Alfa was placed 7th in the Championship.
1970 was not much better.
n 1971 the Alfa effort was finally successful with some class wins. And De Adamich/ Pescarolo won at Brands Hatch and Peterson/de Adamich won at Watkins Glen.
The 33/4 entered the CanAm 1972-74.
With the 33TT12 Alfa won the championship in 1975 after 2nd place in 1974. For 1976 Autodelta was concentrating on other things and the car was rarely used in competitions.
In 1977 Alfa won again the championship with the 33SC12.
The SC12 Turbo was Alfa’s first twin turbocharged 12 cylinder engine and was later used on Brabham-Alfa & Alfa Romeo 177 F1 cars.
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BMW M8 prototype engine. This one-off, high-performance variant of the BMW 8 Series was completed in 1991 and featured an all-new 12-cylinder engine developing around 550 hp. Co-developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH and BMW Technik GmbH, this super-sports car was employed as a test bed for technology and innovations. Its engine served as the basis for the V12 unit powering the legendary McLaren F1.


Citroën Bijou, 1959-1964. A small coupé manufactured by Citroën in Slough, England, based on the Citroën 2CV. Designed by Peter Kirwan-Taylor, the design was thought to be more acceptable to British tastes than the standard 2CV. The body was made of fibreglass and the Bijou used the 2CV’s 425 cc two cylinder 12 bhp engine. Only 212 were made before production ceased, the comparatively high price for such a small, low-powered car being blamed for the its unpopularity


“These are quite possibly the manliest speakers in existence and you can use them to dock your iPhone or iPod.

Made in Modena, the iXoost dock station is hand-built with real aluminum by a real craftsman, uniquely put together with an exhaust manifold turned and milled using five-axis machines. There is close attention put into the acoustic details giving the iXoost exceptional sound quality unmatched by other iDocks. The idea behind iXoost is that "the sound of a 12-cylinder engine should be listened to just like a symphony”.“


The Fw 190A started flying operationally over France in August 1941, and quickly proved superior in all but turn radius to the RAF’s main front-line fighter, the Spitfire Mk V.

The later D-9 ‘Dora’ variant featured the Junkers Jumo 213 A01 (a 12-cylinder inverted-V piston engine), giving it the longer nose.


BMW Art Car Number 15: Jenny Holzer V12 LMR 1999.


The Art Car designed by the American concept artist Jenny Holzer is adorned with messages which “will probably never become void”. Her concept is based on traditional colours and materials used in motor racing. To allow the characteristic BMW colours blue and white to remain visible during the 24-hour race at Le Mans, she used reflecting chrome letters and phosphorescent colours. During the day the sky is reflected in the letters, during the night the foil is desorbing again the saved daylight in blue.

The work of Jenny Holzer, who was born in Ohio, USA, in 1950, cannot be put into conventional categories. Since the late seventies, she has rejected traditional forms of expression such as representational painting, working with words instead of pictures. Messages in the form of LED lettering are arranged together with carved plaques, benches or sarcophaguses made of stone to make up complete installations. It is this interplay of language, objects and context as equal elements that render her work so unique. Jenny Holzer is the most consistently exhibited artist worldwide.


  • 12-cylinder V induction engine
  • displacement: 5,990.5 cm³
  • power output: 580 bhp
  • top speed: approx. 340 km/h

At the beginning of May 1999, this Art Car participated in the preliminary qualification for the 24-hour race at Le Mans, but did not take part in the actual race. However, a further BMW V12 LMR was driven to victory in the race by Joachim Winkelhock (D), Pierluigi Martini (I) und Yannick Dalmas (F). 


The F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari Together at Fiorano

Seeing them all together at Fiorano was an unforgettable and very moving experience made all the more special by the fact that they were driven, one after the other, by the man that test-drove them on that same track throughout their development.

We’re talking, of course, about the F40, the F50, the Enzo and LaFerrari, the milestone cars in Ferrari’s technological evolution over the last three decades, and the great Dario Benuzzi, himself a fixture at Maranello since 1969. The legendary Ferrari test-driver drove each one of the cars in order, reliving the emotions of a lifetime career with the Prancing Horse in a kind of unique technological time-lapse sequence.

Ferrari 335 S Breaks the Bank in Paris 

The 1957 Scaglietti-bodied 335 S more than lived up to expectations as the star of Artcurial’s Salon Retromobile sale. Chassis no. 0674, owned by collector Pierre Bardinon, fetched €32,075,000 ($36.2 million), making it the second most expensive car ever sold at public auction. The sale also means that 9 out of the top 10 most valuable cars in the world are now Ferraris.

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The T-44 Appreciation Post

The T-44 was designed to replace the underperforming T-34, Beginning in 1941 plans were already in the works for improving the T-34, This design project was designated T-34M. It had enhanced armor protection, a three-man hexagonal turret, torsion bar suspension instead of Christie suspension, road wheels with internal shock absorption, increased fuel capacity, and more main gun ammunition (100 rounds instead of 77 in standard T-34). The bow machine gun and driver’s hatch switched positions on the glacis plate. In addition to six smaller wheels,  the suspension of the T-34M had four return rollers. The original model V-2 12-cylinder diesel engine developing 500 hp (373 kW) was replaced by a new 12-cylinder diesel engine which produced 600 horsepower (450 kW). It had a new 8-speed transmission system. It was the first tank design to feature transverse engine placement, which made it smaller than a standard T-34 and gave the crew more space.

The Zhdanov Metallurgical Factory manufactured five sets of armor plates for the hull of the T-34M and delivered them to Factory No. 183. However, early in 1941 work on the T-34M ceased as the production facilities were extremely busy with the mass production of the T-34. When the war with Nazi Germany broke out the only sensible solution was to gradually improve the existing design.

In the autumn of 1943 the design bureau of the Stalin Ural Tank Factory No. 183, located in Nizhny Tagil (in the Ural Mountains, where most of the Soviet tank industry had been evacuated after Operation Barbarossa in 1941), started working on a vehicle that would have improvement opportunities in the future, under a direct order from Joseph Stalin. The intention was to retain the high mobility of the T-34 and provide it with heavier armour protection against modern tank guns. In November 1943, the chief designer, A. A. Morozov, presented the overall design of the vehicle and a model of the tank, which received the designation T-44 (Ob'yekt 136). The first prototype was completed by January 1944 and two more were completed in February. The first two prototypes were armed with 85 mm D-5T guns and received the designation T-44-85, while the third prototype was armed with the 122 mm D-25-44T tank gun and received the designation T-44-122. The D-25-44T tank gun was very similar to the basic D-25 field gun, but differed in some minor details including fixed single-piece ammunition to increase the rate of fire and a double-baffle muzzle brake.

The T-44A officially entered service with the Red Army on 23 November 1944 but the production started in October. Production took place at the new Factory No. 75 (Zavod 75) in Kharkiv which used the buildings of the old KhPZ Factory No. 183 which were recaptured from Germans on 23 August 1943. To restore the factories to working order, engineers, workers, machines and tools were sent from Stalin Ural Tank Factory No. 183, located in Nizhny Tagil. The original plans were that the factory would produce 300 T-44As a month. However, only 25 were built by the end of 1944. In 1945, 940 were built, making a total of 965 (190 tanks built in 1944 and 1945 were completed by the end of the war). An additional 858 T-44As were made in 1946-1947. The T-34 continued to account for 85% of medium tank production through 1950, and development of a more advanced medium tank with a more powerful 100 mm gun proceeded. The relatively brief production run ended in 1947 with a total of 1,823 T-44A tanks built. The reasons for such a brief production run included mechanical teething problems, the end of the war which reduced the Red Army’s need for a new tank,  and the design’s inability to successfully fit a 100 mm tank gun. It was replaced on the production lines by the T-54-1 main battle tank, which was more mechanically reliable and could mount a 100 mm gun. The superior T-54-2 would replace T-34 production at the Omsk Factory No. 183 in 1950, and the T-54/55 main battle tank series would remain in production until 1981.