When most people think of V12 engines, they envision massive, high-performance machines powering high-end luxury and supercars. However, there are smaller displacement V12 engines out there - and they're just as noteworthy.

Jalopnik recently compiled a list of the smallest displacement V12 engines ever made. While they may not be as powerful or glamorous as their larger counterparts, they're still fascinating feats of engineering.

One example is the 2.0-liter V12 in the 1992 Yamaha OX99-11. This futuristic concept car was built to showcase the Japanese company's engineering prowess and included a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, advanced aerodynamics, and a 400-horsepower V12 engine.

Another example is the 2.5-liter V12 in the 1965 Ferrari 125 prototype. This car was never intended to be a performance powerhouse, but rather a test bed for Ferrari's experimental engine technology. Despite its small size, the V12 produced an impressive 300 horsepower.

In the world of racing, small displacement V12 engines were common in the mid-twentieth century. One notable example is the 1.5-liter V12 in the 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53. This car was designed for the 2.0-liter sports car racing class, but its V12 engine allowed it to compete against larger displacement cars and even win races.

While small displacement V12 engines may not be as popular as their larger counterparts, they're still an impressive feat of engineering and a testament to the versatility of the V12 engine design. Who knows - maybe we'll see more of them in the future!

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