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Could electric cars have a manual transmission?

Could electric cars use manual transmissions?

There's concern among many enthusiasts that the manual transmission is on its way out. This coincides with the notion that electric cars are the future and internal combustion engines will continue to fall out of favor as electric car charging infrastructure and technology exits infancy. If there's... read more

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Mazda HCCI engine

Here's how Mazda's HCCI engine works

Mazda took the industry by storm when earlier this month it announced plans to introduce gasoline-powered Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines in 2019. HCCI... read more August 15, 2017 by


 
Flat-4 engine and inline-4 engine comparison

What's the difference between flat-4 and inline-4 engines?

The 4-cylinder engine has become a standard across the automotive industry thanks to its compact size and efficiency. But, one variant of 4-cylinder engine doesn't rule... read more August 7, 2017 by


 
3D printed inline-4 engine

Learn how an inline-4 engine works

The inline-4 engine has become a standard powertrain across most automakers' vehicle lineups, due mostly to its small size and efficiency. But, have you ever wondered how... read more August 3, 2017 by


 
How the Dodge Challenger Demon uses a/c for more power

How the Dodge Demon uses its air conditioning to make more horsepower

While it may seem like blasphemy that an air conditioning unit can be used to actually increase horsepower, it's true. Dodge has implemented such a process to help the 2018... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
How to change brake pads and rotors

Replacing brake pads and rotors--it’s not as hard as you think

No matter if you buy a new car, a pre-owned car, or lease a vehicle, maintenance is unavoidable. And at some point, the brakes will need to be replaced. Although many will... read more July 27, 2017 by


 
5 things you know if you want to turbocharge your car

5 ways to prepare your car for turbocharging

Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained is once again joined by his friend Charles from Humble Mechanic in this latest informative video which looks at forced induction... read more July 26, 2017 by


 
Why electric cars produce peak torque from standstill

How do electric cars produce maximum torque instantly?

Most electric cars aren't normally associated with performance, but they are able to achieve something gasoline-powered cars can't: peak torque at zero rpm. It's thrown... read more July 23, 2017 by


 
Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive technology

Here's how Subaru's 4 all-wheel-drive systems work

Subaru has carved a niche in the vast automotive industry by doing one thing: equip every single car it sells with an all-wheel-drive system. That's minus the BRZ, of course... read more July 20, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained looks at Subaru boxer engine

Learn how Subaru's Boxer engine works via this 3-D printed working model

The term is thrown around often, but what actually constitutes Subaru's "boxer" engine? With the insightful mind of Jason Fenske and a 3-D printed model of a 4-cylinder boxer... read more July 18, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained examines performance brake rotors

Do performance brake rotors have better cooling?

The upgrades continue for the Engineering Explained Honda S2000. The YouTube channel's host, Jason Fenske, is using his yellow sports car for more than just whipping around... read more July 18, 2017 by


 
What's Inside a Tesla battery?

What's inside Tesla's battery pack?

EV West has shown us the proper way to break down a Tesla Battery pack. They remove multiple modules in order to reuse them under the skin of cool projects. What if you just... read more July 10, 2017 by


 
Electric motor, shown in 'How Does an Electric Car Work?' video by Learn Engineering

How does an electric car work?

Maybe not so shockingly (pun intended), many drivers don't know how an electric car actually works. For many, the knowledge spans as far as plugging it in, letting charge... read more July 6, 2017 by


 
A scaled-down working six-speed manual transmission built with Lego

Behold the working 6-speed gearbox made of Legos

Lego bricks allow folks to craft plastic, blocky versions of whatever exists in their heads. For some, this means following a given set of instructions to build a complete... read more July 5, 2017 by


 
This is how a sinkhole forms

Here's how those sinkholes that sometimes swallow cars actually form

A sinkhole is a devastating, geological assassin. It arrives seemingly out of nowhere and can cause serious destruction to roadways, homes and cars. But how does such a... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Why does Volkswagen have a water-cooled exhaust?

Why does Volkswagen have a water-cooled exhaust?

The Volkswagen Group loves its EA888 engine, found in popular models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. This is the turbocharged inline-4 available as a 1.8-liter or a... read more June 26, 2017 by


 
 

 
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