We have to give Valvoline credit for their booth at the 2016 PRI Show. They may have had the coolest and most varied assemblage of high performance engines we have ever seen in one place. From a nitro burning top fuel hemi to a NASCAR V8, turocharged big block style stuff, and a custom built Wagler Duramax as well. All those pieces were cool but the thing I fell in love with was the Wipe Out Enterprises DT466 International pulling tractor engine. Why? If the DT466 which still powered millions of medium duty trucks around the world is Bruce Banner, this is the Incredible Hulk.
Rated at 2,400hp and 3,000lb-ft of torque, the engine has a big Bosch mechanical style fuel pump, a mondo single turbo, perhaps the largest harmonic balancer I have ever seen, and a fantastically cool exhaust header on the side that I stared at for minutes at a time. There’s also all the killer billet brackets that are anchoring and holding things onto the engine itself. Hell, even the fabricated oil pan was a masterpiece.
This engine struck my fancy mainly because it is a display of what can be done in the diesel realm with “stock” parts. This thing still has a cast iron block, it appears to have a cast iron head as well. From the factory most of these engines made about 230-250hp. I think there were some hard working 300hp models out there as well but that was really their limit as far as what International shipped out of the plant. I drove trucks with this engine in it when I was working as a delivery guy more than a decade ago now and while it was never a powerhouse it never let me down, either.
In the “engines as art” category, this one truly is beautiful. With everything being polished, the block being purple, and the nice visuals of the polished fuel lines and long header, we could gawk at it all day. All of these good looks and 2,400hp too? What’s better than that!