The heart of the plane is a 1,000-cubic-inch V12 engine featuring electronic fuel injection and a system that monitors engine performance and efficiency. The engine will sit in the middle of the plane and power a propeller in the rear -- increasing the plane's stability -- and the front and rear fuselage have been shaped accordingly. The racing plane is slated for competition in 2003. If it lives up to expectations, Renaissance plans to develop a commercial plane for up to 19 passengers, featuring twin engines powering a single propeller.Should one engine fail, the plane could continue its journey unaffected, thereby ensuring greater safety on long-distance flights. According to Bousfield, such a plane could fly nonstop from Paris to Chicago at speeds of Mach 0.8 to 0.82 -- comparable with all but the fastest commercial jets.