As long as we’re talking about car engines in bikes, and because we just think engines are cool, here’s an interesting small displacement V8, it’s a 3.5 liter, that’s 214 cubic inches, Chevy IRL (Indy Racing League) V8 converted to run on 91 octane pump gas.
Falconer Engines has been around for quite a long time building their very impressive V12 engine for both auto and marine use plus they make some really stout V8s. Well, it seems they have some former Indycar engines used in the 2002 racing season. Falconer lowered the compression a bit, changed the cam profile and with an Eaton 112 supercharger it puts out 560 horsepower@8000rpm. They also have 421 foot pounds of torque at 5500rpm.
Think about this, you have an ex-indycar engine on the street. The whole engine weighs only 340 pounds, that’s certainly less than some of the V8s used in the Boss Hoss. Taken a step further, those turbo Hayabusa Minis could probably accommodate this little sweetheart which also comes with a Getrag six speed. Aren’t little engines fun?
Thanks to Aaron, for the tip!
And if you want an unmodified original: Indy IRL V8 Racing Engine