The world’s most overpowered Ford Crown Victoria has turned over with a satisfying rumble, marking a milestone in the project’s long history. All that’s left now is to finish the car and figure out where the driver is supposed to sit.
Meteor Interceptor Ford Crown Victoria
The “Meteor Interceptor,” as it was dubbed by its Swedish creators, packs a 27 Liter Rolls-Royce V12 originally meant for a variety of WWII-era main battle tanks. The Stockholm-based team has been working on the project for more than four years, working to adapt the powerplant to its Ford Panther platform home. This has involved a lot of modifications to the frame and suspension just to handle all that weight, like a stronger front end lifted from am old Chevrolet C-10 pickup.
The power generated by this giant engine will be worth the hard labor, though. The Rolls-Royce Meteor engine entered production in 1941 as a variant of the same company’s Merlin aircraft engine, notably used to power the UK’s famous Spitfire fighter, as well as America’s P-51 Mustang.
The monster block has a displacement of 1648.96 cubic inches (a hair over 27 liters), and cranks out about 650 hp. Project mastermind Daniel Werner plans to almost quadruple that number soon with the help of two large Borg-Warner turbos, but Hagerty notes that the piping wasn’t finished in the start video.
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The Ford Crown Victoria Meteor Interceptor project began its life in 2006 as a patrol unit on the mean streets of Stockton, Ca., but has truly found a much higher purpose: to become the most insane speed machine possible with its Frankenstein-like mesh of vanilla and badass. The only purpose of the massive engine and twin-turbo setup is to take the Interceptor past the 200 mph threshold. Just as absurd, this thing might make its way to Germany’s Nürburgring, per Road & Track.
However, all that is down the road, as the car still isn’t entirely finished. The Ford Crown Victoria Meteor Interceptor crew is still working on how to properly cool the engine, as well as installing two enormous turbos on an engine not meant for boost. Werner is passionate about this project, though, so here’s hoping the long journey pays off in the end.