Meteor Interceptor Progress Update – One Year Later
Daniel Werner is a man with a plan that started several years ago when he got the idea to shoehorn a 27-liter Rolls Royce Meteor V12 engine from a World War II designed battle tank into a retired Ford Crown Victoria P71 police interceptor.
I had the chance to interview Werner last year about his project dubbed the Meteor Interceptor. At the time, Werner was beefing up the sedan’s frame in preparation to install the Meteor engine in its new Panther body home. The goal for this engine is to produce 2,500-hp with the aid of twin turbochargers.
Since then, the project has garnered digital media attention from the automotive community. It seems everyone has written about the Meteor Interceptor over the last year. Being one of the first auto writers to break the story in North America gives me the same sense of egotistical pride as a hipster bragging about seeing an indie-rock band before making it big at a live show. (You can read my first article here.) With all this media attention, it was only a matter of time before a serious player offered Werner an offer too entertaining to pass up. It seems the 2,500-hp four-door battle tank plans to invade Germany.
Before we get to that, we need to recap and learn where the Meteor Inceptor project currently stands.
The most recent achievement in project Meteor Interceptor is starting up the Meteor V12 while inside the car. The YouTube video below shows the Meteor Interceptor being pushed out into the daylight and breathing into life at the 3:50-minute mark. It won’t be long until this repurposed war machine is ready for battle.
The Rolls-Royce V12 has undergone some necessary modifications to make the once 650-pound tank engine behave civilized during peacetime. These changes included fabricating a custom intake out of aluminum. The V12 Meteor engine also received a new fuel pump capable of delivering 37.8-liters of E85 fuel per minute (at full throttle) using 24 x 875cc fuel injectors. E85 fuel helps cool the engine better than rocket fuel or unregulated moonshine. According to Werner, flooring the throttle will empty the Meteor Interceptor’s 85-liter fuel tank in less than five minutes!
The Meteor V12’s old school magneto ignition was ditched and replaced with four ignition coils from Bosch Motorsports. In addition, this engine now has a brain in the form of a MaxxECU PRO, allowing Werner and crew to keep the old engine’s mood swings under their control. The first article stated that Werner plans to add twin-turbochargers to the V12 Rolls Royce tank engine. Bolting on a set of Borg-Warner S500SX turbochargers to the intake, with two KL-racing intercoolers, and tuning the ECU is the next step for the project.
As you can see from videos and photos, the massive engine does not leave much room in the engine bay for accessories. In addition, fitting the engine required cutting into the firewall; otherwise, the car would look like a Ford Crown Vic that crashed into the back of a tank engine. These space issues required the engine’s two Mishimoto radiators to be moved to the trunk. Werner and his team also installed a custom-built carbon fiber NACA-duct intake to improve cooling.
The original plan was to have a tank-powered Ford Crown Vic capable of turning 2,500-horsepower. Handling all this power is a drag-race prepped TH400 with custom Allison planetary gear. Daniel Werner made a note to give special thanks to Mattias Säfsten and Andreas Marklund for their invaluable expertise in helping the project get to its current stage.
Werner originally envisioned using the car to set land speed records. However, during our interview, Werner mentioned that a well-known YouTuber who moonlights as a famous race car driver has offered to test drive the Meteor Interceptor at the infamous Nurburgring race track.
Yes, you read that correctly. This 2,500-hp land yacht, initially designed for arrow straights, plans to wrestle 13-miles of twisty bends and punishing curves. With the car finally taking shape, motivation is running high. Currently, Werner and crew are busting their knuckles to finish the Meteor Interceptor by 2022.