In the movie Pacific Rim, Crimson Typhoon is described as having "50 diesel engines per muscle strand" of strength.

Where did they get that from? Is that a complete fantasy measurement that they came up with to describe their strength? Something akin to Warp factor numbers in Star Trek?

Jaeger schematics with measurements

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    As a (multiple degree) engineer, you are barking up the wrong tree. Humanoid robots of this size are terrible designs for engines of war. Although a Bolo (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_%28tank%29) is still fantastical, it'd do a much better job and be a more realistic design for the job. Pacific Rim is more of a fantasy in a sciency like future setting.
    – Jim2B
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 16:51
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    I dearly hope it is from the Jaegermonsters from Girl Genius.
    – Lexible
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 17:11
  • Maybe try replacing the Bugatti Veyron motor with an actual diesel engine like the ones used in ships.
    – Angrist
    Commented Mar 11, 2015 at 14:30
  • I'm with Jim2B. We need Bolo movies, clearly. I can get behind this. I will happily prepurchase tickets to a Bolo movie.
    – Broklynite
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 9:43
  • Diesel engines come in such broad sizes and power ratings as to be meaningless. I would bet money the writer chose that deliberately to sound powerful without pinning themselves down to specifics.
    – Schwern
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 1:43

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I just did a quick Google search about the biggest diesel engine.

Torque: 7,603,850 newton metres (5,608,310 lbf·ft) @ 102 rpm

and 5,600,000 lbf ft * 50 = 280,000,000 lbf ft making it seem possible to me that there might be smaller diesel engines with a torque of 1,631,232 lb ft = 2,211,653 Nm.

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    In contrast, the Chevy Beat has a 1.0L 3 cylinder diesel with just 160 Nm of torque. That gives the writers a comfortable four orders of magnitude wiggle room by describing power in terms of "diesel engines".
    – Schwern
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 1:45
  • @Schwern unrelated but I freaking love the latest tech diesels and petrols out of Europe. French and Italian diesels like the multijet are cool and I have the British Ford 1.0T i3 'Fox' in my Fiesta B-Max. The very latest Fox has a combined starter/hybrid motor for 154hp and a flat 150 ish ft-lbs of torque. It would not, however, even power a Jaeger toe.
    – RoboJ1M
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 13:58

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