Video: The pocket-sized V8 engine
This trend, known as engine downsizing, has had performance car fans worried that one day the death knell will sound for the V8 engine; long the favoured configuration for everything from US muscle cars to screaming Italian supercars.
However, one ingenious spanner jockey may have come up with way of saving the beloved V8 – by making it smaller.
Yes, what you can see in the video below is a fully functioning V8 engine, small enough to sit on a workbench and be fuelled from an old jam jar.
Its displacement measures just 45cc – some 1000 times smaller than an average road-going V8. However, despite its diminutive dimensions, it's a trick piece of kit, featuring electronic fuel injection, an alloy block and a tungsten alloy flywheel.
It even has a hint of V8 rumble amidst its busy buzzing, as its maker opens the throttle.
Click play below to watch this awesome piece of engineering in action.