Ilmor Engineering is one of those companies you always hear about in racing circles, designing all sorts of exotic racing engines and back in 2007 they decided to put together an engine for the then new 800cc MotoGP rules after the phase out of the two strokes. While researching an article about ICEngineWorks for HorsePowerSports, I came across this photo someone from their company had taken of the Ilmor engine. I had never seen it and I just thought it looked perfect, and then there’s this: 800cc, 215 horsepower@18,000 rpm! Yow!
The Ilmor guys build engines for Formula One and various other forms of racing so it only makes sense they might know a thing or two about getting lots of power from a small package. They also designed the 5 stroke engine we mentioned a while back.
Doesn’t that engine look great? The appearance alone just exudes high quality. I love it.