Dragster Engine Staff Pick

  • May 29, 2016
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: ChrisKuhn
  • License: CC-BY
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Just for fun... a (semi-fictional) engine as used in the Top Fuel dragsters. This is by no means perfect, but I think it's good enough for most purposes. Even if you don't like the engine itself, there's a ton of mechanical junk that you can steal for other projects.

Note: If anyone's curious, these engines really do have 8 spark plugs on each side (2 per cylinder).



  • marekv profile picture

    "...good enough for most purposes" ?? - it's totally awesome dude! You did a great job, thanks for sharing!

    Edited May 29, 2016
  • MZiemys profile picture

    One of the nicest models I've seen here. Really nice clean modelling. :)

    Edited May 29, 2016
  • Mikel007 profile picture

    A typical Chris Kuhn :-) In my opinion it is a perfect engine. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Edited May 29, 2016
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Thanks man... I took a look at your stuff - very cool work you've done!

    Written May 29, 2016
  • Mikel007 profile picture

    Thank you for your opinion :-)

    Written May 30, 2016
  • mmorao profile picture

    I'm tipping my keyboard to clear the drool :-) Nice job Mr Kuhn.

    Written May 29, 2016
  • MarcoD profile picture

    Top. As usual.

    Written May 30, 2016
  • fouredgeddelta profile picture

    Thats one sexy engine right there. To the 2 sparking plugs per zylinder : I saw this before on several propeller engines. I thinks one is the + and one the - pole

    Written May 30, 2016
  • CaptainRex profile picture

    Thank you for sharing your work with us! You inspire me every time you post, to try something new, and to work harder towards a nice finished project :D

    Thank you for your support of Blend Swap!

    Cheers, Rex

    Written May 30, 2016
  • seeker47 profile picture

    Absolutely nailed it!

    Did you have blueprints or plans from which to work? If so, where did you get them?

    Written May 31, 2016
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Thanks! I didn't have blueprints for this particular engine, no. But I'm generally familiar with car engines and I wasn't trying to model a specific one. So I took the dimensions of a generic V-8 block and relied on photo references to detail it.

    Written May 31, 2016
  • seeker47 profile picture

    You seem to have an excellent grasp of what a top fuel engine requires. I particularly liked the MSD mags.

    Edited May 31, 2016
  • Peetoo profile picture

    Wow, this needs video of making, it has so much of learning potential... gotta admit, you really rocks :)

    Written June 07, 2016
  • Wessel82 profile picture

    just awesome!!

    Written June 14, 2016
  • ZENOPHOBE profile picture

    Bad A.S.S (Advanced Special Skills). Thank you!!

    Written June 17, 2016
  • rombout profile picture

    Wow! very slick model. You've got really nice and clean model here. Wondering how you pulled this off, need to step up my modeling skills. Im busy wit a Shelby Cobra and eventually i want to put in a engine as well.

    PS did you use this image as reference, the hemi evolution engine http://www.dragracermag.com/hemi-engine-evolution-the-only-constant-is-change-especially-with-the-nitro-hemi looks almost the same

    Written July 13, 2016
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Yup - Sure did :)

    Edited August 05, 2016
  • vegitto26 profile picture

    Top tier............TOP I say

    Written September 18, 2016
  • mfund99 profile picture

    Never thought I'd say this about an engine, but this is stunning.

    Written October 25, 2016
  • ZeroMeetsInfinity profile picture

    Hi and thanks a lot for the engine. I used it here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxO94R-0phU

    Written November 07, 2016
  • Neo7 profile picture

    Amazing work! Thanks for sharing!

    Written January 16, 2017
  • primitivx profile picture

    Really bad ass and totally cool engine! Vrooom Vroom.

    Edited March 13, 2017
  • ecupler profile picture

    Great work!!! The detail is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Written April 19, 2017
  • mero909 profile picture

    Wow, really nice job. I'm new to blender and 3D modeling generally and this stuff just blows my mind. Again, great work!

    Written November 16, 2017
  • Chevy66V8 profile picture

    Great Job! Thanks for Sharing!

    Written November 05, 2018
  • VoxThatRox profile picture

    So realistic! Great Job!

    Written June 14, 2019
  • Lukon profile picture

    Way cool lookin'.

    I put it in Daz Studio and slapped some IRay shaders on it: https://www.deviantart.com/luqu/art/Dragster-Motor-by-Chris-Kuhn-804348696

    Written July 04, 2019
  • ericscott profile picture

    I want to buy it for geometry dash subzero. Where can I buy it?

    Written December 14, 2023
  • sophya76 profile picture

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    Written May 21, 2024