Guy Martin’s Rolls-Royce Merlin engine

Guy Martin’s Rolls-Royce Merlin engine
Youtube screengrab

British motorcycle racer Guy Martin loves everything with an engine! Especially this 27 liter Rolls-Royce aero engine. Learn why Guy Martin is so excited about this masterpiece – and watch him fire up the 1600 hp “ultimate of engines”!

Guy Martin’s fascination of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine

Guy Martin is known for his racing and engineering skills. Furthermore, his enthusiasm for engines is contagious. After searching for 4 years, Guy Martin finally found the right Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and bought it. His fascination of the massive 27 liter engine from the 1940s includes all mechanical pieces, the craftsmanship and the sheer power. All contributing to making the Spitfire go faster and higher – with up to 350 miles/hour!

Guy Martin’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine
Guy Martin’s Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Youtube screengrab

Warning: “the last time it took off”

At 2,800 revs the engine produces a whopping 1,600 hp! When Guy Martin pushed the engine for the first time, it suddenly took off in the workshop. He describes the experience as: “the most scared I have ever been”. Bear in mind, that it’s coming from a racing legend who has participated in the Isle of Man 14 times!

The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine

The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was installed in the Supermarine Spitfire, American Mustang and Hawker Hurricane. Furthermore, four of the engines were installed in the Avro Lancaster bomber. As one of the most successful aircraft engines of the World War II era, the engine is still highly respected today. In addition to the fun Guy Martin’s having, you can also see examples of the engine being installed in cars. One of the most famous is Jay Leno’s 1934 Rolls Royce.

Guy Martin’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine
Rolls-Royce V-12 Merlin Display Engine and Service Tool Kit. Image courtesy: RM Sothebys

Specifications of the Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engine

  • Liquid-cooled
  • V-12 piston engine
  • 27 liter
  • 350 miles/h (spitfire)
  • 1600 HP at 2,800 revs
  • 1 gallon of fuel per minute
  • Weight: approx. 1 ton
  • Built in 1933
  • Used in the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane
  • 4 engines were used for the Avro Lancaster bomber

Guy Martin facts:

  • Born November 1981
  • Named after Guy Gibson of No. 617 Squadron RAF.
  • Started racing in 1998
  • Isle of Man TT: 14 competitions – 17 podium places
  • Broken his back twice in racing accidents
  • TV presenter since 2011 – best known for “Speed with Guy Martin”
  • Turned down an invitation from Chris Evans to join the new presenting team of BBC’s Top Gear.
  • In August 2017, Formula 1 car team Williams announced that Martin would join their pit-crew for the Belgian GP
  • Has written three books about his life
Rolls Royce Merlin engine for sale at RM Sothebys
Rolls-Royce V-12 Merlin Display Engine and Service Tool Kit. Image courtesy: RM Sothebys

Price: unknown – but RM Sothebys has sold this display engine and service tool kit for $57,000

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