BMW’s brutal series-production engine with almost 2,400 hp

Did you know about the existence of an engine manufactured by BMW with a power output of almost 2,400 hp? Where was it mounted?

The origins of BMW can be traced back to the companies Rapp Motorenwerke, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and Automobilwerk Eisenach. Rapp Motorenwerke, a manufacturer of aircraft engines, was renamed Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW). BMW’s first product was therefore the BMW IIIa aircraft engine, for which the Bavarian company’s orders for the German army were a great boon for BMW’s rapid expansion. After World War I BMW was forced to stop producing aircraft due to the terms of the Armistice Treaty of Versailles, so it produced agricultural equipment, railway components and household goods for BMW. Subsequently, it began to produce automobiles and returned to aircraft engine production.


As for the engine in question, its origins lie in the early days of the company, the BMW 801 engine, a powerful 41.8-litre air-cooled, 14-cylinder radial engine built by BMW and used in several German Luftwaffe aircraft during the Second World War. It was Germany’s most produced radial engine of World War II with over 28,000 built and produced almost 2,400 hp. Among other aircraft, it was fitted to the Focke-Wulf Fw 19 and the Junkers Ju 88.

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