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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 Mar 2 '15 at 16:51
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    I dearly hope it is from the Jaegermonsters from Girl Genius. – Lexible Mar 2 '15 at 17:11
  • Maybe try replacing the Bugatti Veyron motor with an actual diesel engine like the ones used in ships. – Angrist Mar 11 '15 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 Mar 14 '15 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 Mar 17 '15 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.

  • 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 Mar 17 '15 at 1:45

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