The internal combustion engine has, for better or worse, changed the course of human history. And, as long as there are fuels to power them on, they will remain for years to come. But here’s an interesting thought: out of all of the engines that have been produced so far, which ones will still be functional a hundred or two hundred years from now?
What brought up this question? It starts with Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker. To say the company has had a rough go is an understatement: the company bought up SAAB right about the time the car company was going under the waves like the Titanic, and unsuprisingly, Spyker’s fortunes went swirling down the tube with them. However, unlike most car manufactures who have gone bust, Spyker didn’t ask for a bailout and they didn’t quit: they voluntarily went bankrupt to restructure themselves and by 2015, had managed to climb out of the hole. Now the company is putting the final touches on their first new product since the troubles began, the C8 Preliator, and instead of using an Audi-sourced 4.2L V8, Spyker tapped Koenigsegg for help. The naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 that’ll push 592 BHP is a good start, but it’s what Christian von Koenigsegg claimed at the Geneva Motor Show that raised an eyebrow. Speaking to Road and Track, he claimed:
“…And of course are engines are bulletproof with 1360 horsepower, our customers don’t kill engines, so that engine will last for I don’t know…200 years or something.”
Now, two hundred years is a claim, indeed, though it’s worth noting that von Koenigsegg was bragging it up a bit. But think about it…what engine series could still be fully operational and useful two hundred years from now? Here’s our thoughts: it’s got to be a simple enough design that people won’t want to abandon it, it has to make useful power, has to be capable of fuel efficiency at some form, and needs to be stone dead simple. By nature, the instinctive itch is to go straight to the small-block Chevrolet and call it a day, but maybe you readers have another choice on the brain?