This Mini V8 is a work of art that can reach 10,500 rpm

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Every once in a while I convince myself that I have to buy a little but working engine. I don’t know what it is, but the sight and the sound of a little engine running makes me so happy. Which is why I’m even happier to show you one of the coolest micromotors to date: a 3.5-cc V8 that can spin at 10,500 rpm.

If you’ve ever played with model cars, planes or internal combustion boats, you know the tiny engines that power them. These miniature power plants are often designed for function rather than aesthetic beauty. It’s there that HuiZhou Toyan Precision Technology Co. Between, with everything beautiful Toyan model motor line. They are tiny works of art that actually work.

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Toyan opened in 2015, build tiny power plants that look more and more like scaled-down versions of real, recognizable car engines. A die last, the FS-V800, is a small V8 that spins at 10,500 rpm and produces 4 hp. That means he redlines superior to an Audi R8 V10, Chevy Corvette, SRT Viper, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Bugatti Chiron, and countless other legendary cars.

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Toyan’s level of detail on their engines is amazing. This FS-V800 is powered by two carburetors and is cooled by a motor water pump. Aand just check out this timing setting! It’s all recognizable to anyone who’s disassembled a full-size car engine, just shrunk to a tiny size.

Here is a rendering of all the engine parts laid out:

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Of course, such an impressive engine requires proper testing. That’s where Chicago YouTuber Warped Perception comes in. The Host has the gift of putting all sorts of engineering projects through their paces, filmed in glorious detail with delightful slow motion. Here, the FS-800 looks even better.

Toyan announces a maximum speed of 12,500 rpm for this engine, but the example in Warped Perception video only managed 10,500and I smoked hot in the process. At least from my point of view, it seemed the problem may be related to the carb setting. The cooling system also had a ton of air in it, which probably didn’t help..

Still, even though the setup wasn’t optimal, the engine ran like a beast. I don’t do anything with R/C vehicles these days, but I’m still tempted to buy one of these engines, just to have on me desk. Oh, I have bad ideas. If you get some too, know that this little guy is quite expensive at $1,800. Unfortunately, this makes this engine model more expensive than most full-size scrap engines. But you’d be hard pressed to put one on your desk.