The W12 engine from VW is almost two engines joined into one, here is the science behind it.
We are used to being exposed to engine configurations, think in-line motors, where the cylinders are in alinement with each other. The boxer engine is another example, where the pistons run in opposite ends of the engine, which help a lot with keeping the centre of gravity low and where you want it. Then, the mighty V configuration, which has two banks of cylinders in the shape of a V, and are home to engines such as a V6, V8, V10 and the big brother, the V12.
However, some crazy and ambitious scientists and engineers at VW thought they needed more displacement, much more displacement, by having a W configuration! Probably the best way of imagining this W configuration is to picture two V engine configurations side-by-side, which will make up the huge W engine configuration.
When the W engine configuration was first developed, it was intended to be used only in aeroplanes from as early as World War I, with a gigantic 24L W12 engine that produced 900hp!
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Donut Media, on the science behind the W12 engine.
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