Friday 23rd August 2019,

Patelo’s World’s Biggest/Smallest W32 Engine

A Pointless Exercise Or a New Definition Of Patience?

All petrol-heads love the sound of a V8, a V12 and a W16 engine. How about a W32 engine? Just imagine having a car with 16 cylinders at each side of the centre-line. Well, Sen. Jose Manuel Hermo Barreiro known as `Patelo`, a Spanish ex-naval mechanic, has made one.

This, however, is no fuel guzzling, drag-racing, asphalt ripping motor. Although it’s a W32 it is only a miniature model that consumed little more than many hours of patience and effort. To be exact it took Patelo 2520 hours of work, 850 pieces and 632 screws. If you count that up in your usual work-day hours including weekends, 315 days is how long you would need to demonstrate your dedication at maximum level.

The problems of stability and vibration are present with any engine. It’s commonly known that V12’s are smoother and better balanced than 4-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines. Patelo demonstrated the stability of the W32 engine with four euro-cent coins standing on the engine. Even with increasing revolutions they did not move. Impressive?

W32 Engine by Patelo Complete

W32 Engine by Patelo Complete

Now we must say that none of Patelo’s miniature engines run on petrol or diesel. They are all powered by compressed air. The fact that there is no ignition/detonation happening within the engine means the engine is able to be very stable and quiet. However, it’s not impossible to find an engine so well- balanced elsewhere. VW did the same trick with the coins when they were testing and demonstrating the 6.0 litre Phaeton.

W32 Engine by Patelo Disassembled

W32 Engine by Patelo Disassembled

Anyway, it is impressive to see how much hard work Patelo had put into building the miniature W32 engine. The cam covers are off to get a better view of the valves. I must say, I’d love a model engine like this to play with at home. Perhaps I could broaden my skills by putting the engine together on the kitchen table! The only thing lacking in Patelo`s engine is useful purpose.

Enjoy the video.


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About Phillip Roberts

As a little boy my Dad always told me stories about the glorious days of automotive pioneering and days when classics were common. This has influenced me in such an effect I have become a helpless petrol-head...

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…my driving license was still on it's way when I had bought my first petrol-smelling Italian stallion... No, it wasn't a Ferrari... It was Fiat Regata, twin choke Weber 1.5 in neat condition with bad attitude. It wasn't in any way quick by today's standards nor was it a good handler. More like an SUV actually. It was so high that my girlfriend at the time, (a little taller than a bucket,) almost needed a ladder to get into it. However, it was a good car till the first winter came and I wrecked it.

My next car was a BMW E30 1987 2.4d. It is still my all-time favorite. It just had a black metallic paint job done when I bought it and shiny chrome bumpers. As Steel Panther would say say, "that car was bitchin'." I had nice Alpina alloys that I kept getting nicked for. Apparently they were not marked in my documents so each time the police caught me I got a fine.

After about a dozen fines in 3 months I said `sod it` and had BMW amend my documents. This one wasn't really quick off the mark but once it was up to speed you could throw it into any corner and it would come out still alive and pointing the right way. I sold it eventually because I didn't have the time to get it back to original condition and I later found out that the guy I sold it to wrecked it couple of months after. What a shame.

I also had a BMW E46. I liked the look of it but it was useless. It had so many problems one day I wished someone would run into me so I could get rid of it and get some money back. Guess what... a week later a Spanish fellow in a borrowed company Skoda ran up the boot and parked on my back seat. My girlfriend got a panic attack and became so furious she would have beaten him up if I`d let her. However, I had successfully gotten rid of the car.

So this is the story of my beginnings. There are two things that I love other than music and my family. Writing and cars. Why not combine them? I figured there may be more people like me and so I wanted to participate in this amazing opportunity for everyone to share their knowledge, experience and passion, and build something unique while doing it.


  1. graham witt 12. June 2017 at 9:11

    I disagree,for me as a mechanic his engine lacks nothing. The line in a song “some kids learn to feel the rain others just get wet” Buzz Martin

  2. Alena Roberts 18. February 2015 at 2:45

    Wow, this is incredible! Maybe Patelo’s W32 engine will begin a new era and the purpose is yet to be discovered.

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