Every DIY mechanic knows turning wrenches usually isn’t the worst thing about working on a car. It’s the years of grime, rusty bolts and tight squeezes that bring out your blood. Take all that away and building an engine is just like playing with a cold Lego set!
Once the damage is done, you shouldn’t try to force it turn over, that’s for sure. Instead, here’s Hot Rod Garage showing you how to find out what went wrong under those valve covers.
Everyone knows that rubber likes to stick to more rubber, and a brand new circuit like the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is going to be slippery fun until some rubber gets laid down on the surface. What’s less obvious is the Mexican Grand Prix’s altitude — and what that means for Formula One’s turbo engines.
Every truly crappy day begins with a car that won’t start. We’ve seen it in the movies, we’ve read it in books, and that’s just how it is. So here are some simple steps you can take to nip that crappy day in the bud. Let’s figure out why the heck your car won’t run!
Here’s the Hammel Red Giant Car Shredder tasting a few engine block appetizers before the beast machine moves on to swallowing whole cars. It’s fun seeing the direct view of the evil Transformer-sized machine at work, the teeth just roll together and grind away at any and every thing that gets thrown in.
Sometimes it can be tempting to go for the larger or more powerful power-plants car manufacturers offer, but why do that when you have these ten great motors?
These are the first photos of the F-35A that caught fire on Eglin AFB’s main runway almost a year ago. As you can see, not only is the jet’s stealthy skin badly charred, but its spine was perforated by its Pratt & Whitney F135 engine that tore itself apart from within.
Ferrari went for a pair of turbochargers on its V8s in order to get more torque and burn less fuel, but sources say their V12s will remain naturally-aspirated with the benefits of an additional hybrid system just like in the LaFerrari.
Engine geeks everywhere mourn the decline of the inline-six engine and its inherent smoothness and sweet sound. Once a remarkably common setup, it’s been largely replaced by the more packaging-friendly V6. But now it seems that those rumors about a Mercedes-Benz inline-six revival appear to be true.
Instead of writing about my year, I figured I'd just put together a bunch of loud revving clips. Enjoy!
This video is fascinating because it let's us pretend to be a fly on the wall of a Porsche 911 engine assembly line. There's no annoying soundtrack, no voiceover explaining what's happening, we're just seeing humans and machines teaming up to create beautiful, powerful engines that purr the best cars.
There's a whole lot of dick-measuring happening right now on how half-ton trucks stack up on power, fuel economy, payload, and maximum towing capacity. Here's your guide to decoding what every US automaker's truck in this class is really putting down.
It is my personal, and very much highly very extremely mostly professional opinion that the McLaren P1's turbo hybrid V8 is one of, if not the best-sounding engines on sale today. So here's ten of them – yes, TEN – storming around a race track all at once. Turn them speakers all the way up.
I was watching the Top Gear special on "The Worst Car in The World" from 2012, when I heard something a bit shocking: a 7 liter V-8 producing barely 200 horses. James and Jeremy are comparing two land yachts from the seventies, a Buick LeSabre and a Lincoln Continental. James' Buick has a 5.7 liter V-8 good for 160…
The elusive BMW V6 engine: it's not just for confused people trying to unload a 3-Series on Craigslist! Yes, while the Bavarian brand is famous for their inline-six engines, it turns out they do build V6s quite a bit.
So far we've heard the sound of the Mercedes-AMG GT, but we haven't had full details on the engine. Now we do. Meet the M178, a 4.0-turbo V8 that has at least 510 horsepower and will be in everything AMG touches. And yes, that should include Aston Martins.
What you see above is a diagram of a four-cylinder engine. It is not a V4, it is not an H4, it is not a Z4. I-4, inline-four, or even simply a "four-pot" is just fine. Those four pistons are all in a row. So the next time someone calls it a V4, I'm just going to punch myself in the head.
If you're a fan of cylinders, I have some bad news to bear. Your average, run-of-the-mill pickup truck on the road these days likely has a V6, since more and more buyers are going smaller and straying away from V8s.
Tables made out of engines are a welcome addition to the aesthetic of any petrol-head's living room. I am sure if you consulted any guru of feng shui they would back up that statement… probably.