The ultimate engine swap: 27 Litre Rolls-Royce Merlin

If you think you’ve seen everything there is to see about engine swaps… and if you think that Jay Leno’s “Tank Car” is the ultimate engine swap, you’d be wrong. Enter “The Beast”, probably the most outrageous engine swap ever made. And unlike many engine swaps where the imagination exceeded the builder’s ability to build, in this case it’s alive, it works, it runs, and it’s good for 200 MPH. And it’s a “shooting brake“.

This is an engine swap (and the word swap is insufficient in this case) of one of the most famous airplane engines ever made: the 27 Litre Rolls-Royce “Merlin” engine of Spitfire warbird fame. And it’s very very British… only they could conceive of and build such a thing.

And if after contemplating this you still have anything left of your sanity, we have one last word for you to consider: R-4360 engine swap. 28 radial cylinders. Remember, swappers never say “it won’t fit”.