I have a dream. Its the dream of building a V12 off the Barra I6 engine design using as many common parts as possible.
At first I thought highly unrealistic dream. Maybe not so.. I've been looking at a few bits of information and other people who have made custom engine blocks.
Where they made a alloy version of the Austin Healey inline six engine. Looks wonderful. Given the price of the head, surely very expensive for a pushrod six.
However, to reduce costs, we can use the standard falcon head on atleast one bank of the V12. Perhaps it would be possible to get Ford to mirror the Falcon I6 head, for the other bank, or modify the head, bolt it on backward or simularly adapt it.
I like the idea of a 8.0L Quad Over Head Cam, Quad Varible valve timing, 48 valve, alloy block and head V12, suitable for easy installation into a fairly lowcost platform like the Falcon and suitable for other project cars (lets see various exotic replicas, drag and track cars, etc).
Even a very low cost version using factory parts everywhere would put out in excess of 364Kw @ 5000 rpm, 760Nm @ 3250. Using a unique ECU, higher compression, good exaust, better intake, it should be reasonably possible to lift power and torque to ~480Kw/800Nm with good fuel economy and driveability and excellent emissions. The possibilities are mind blowing..
Although most likely impossible to fit turbos to, a nice fat supercharger would be great. Harking back to WWII fighter craft engines, that ran a large capacity supercharged V12.
Anyhow.. Back to the project, does anyone have a nice set of dimentions for the Barra I6 (block and head) and maybe some picies..