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How the elusive 4-rotor rotary engine works

How the elusive 4-rotor rotary engine works

As the old saying goes, there is no replacement for displacement. That's not the case when it comes to rotary engines, which typically have very small displacement. Instead of cubes, if you want a rotary to make more power you do two things: add more rotors and/or slap on a turbocharger or two... read more

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Developing parts for road cars vs. race cars

Developing parts for road cars vs. race cars

Road cars and race cars are very different. The cars we buy for every day driving are much heavier, due in part to safety and emissions equipment. Race cars shed every ounce... read more November 9, 2016 by


 
How Mercedes' Active Body Control works

How Mercedes' Active Body Control works

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are notorious for their smooth ride quality. Bumps and ruts just don't bother passengers in Mercedes vehicles like they do in other cars. How does... read more November 7, 2016 by


 
Let's go for a ride along in a 600-hp Subaru Rallycross car

Let's go for a ride along in a 600-hp Subaru Rallycross car

Jason from Engineering Explained sits in the passenger seat for this ride along. He's accompanied by David Higgins (yes, brother of the also crazy-talented Mark) and the pair... read more November 1, 2016 by


 
How Volkswagen's DSG works

How Volkswagen's DSG works

Engineering Explained and The Humble Mechanic team are two YouTube channels with the goal of teaching us more about the cars we drive. Today, they get together to break down... read more October 24, 2016 by


 
'Engineering Explained' tackles Koenigsegg's camless engine

'Engineering Explained' tackles Koenigsegg's camless engine

An internal combustion engine needs a few things to work. One of those parts that makes an engine do its thing is a piece called the camshaft. This helps control the timing... read more October 20, 2016 by


 
How Global Rallycross cars hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds

How Global Rallycross cars hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds

Our friend Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained recently attended a Red Bull Global Rallycross race, and, of course, he found a way to explain things using an equation... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
When should you shift for fastest acceleration?

When should you shift for fastest acceleration?

You're the king of the road. You think you're the fastest thing on four wheels. You know how to launch a car with a manual gearbox to accelerate the fastest, but do you know... read more October 5, 2016 by


 
Drilled, slotted, or vented; which brake rotors are best?

Drilled, slotted, or vented; which brake rotors are best?

Brake rotors come in a number of flavors. You often see them vented, drilled, or slotted. Sometimes there's a combination of the three, and it's best to know which works most... read more October 4, 2016 by


 
'Engineering Explained' is already fixing its Honda S2000

'Engineering Explained' is already fixing its Honda S2000

Remember that 2002 Honda S2000 that Jason from Engineering Explained recently acquired? Well, he's already set to wrenching on it because, well, that's what he does. In this... read more October 1, 2016 by


 
Let's figure out who makes the best engine

Let's figure out who makes the best engine

Congratulations to Jason on his 500th Engineering Explained video. The series has been wonderful in the way it presents technical concepts and brings them down to a language... read more September 21, 2016 by


 
A rear spoiler on a front-wheel-drive car makes sense... sometimes

A rear spoiler on a front-wheel-drive car makes sense... sometimes

We've all made the same jokes. You see a front-wheel-drive street car go by and there's a massive rear spoiler hanging off its tail. It's an easy item on a car at which to... read more September 19, 2016 by


 
Could HCCI be the future of the internal combustion engine?

Could HCCI be the future of the internal combustion engine?

The internal-combustion engine is something with which you're no doubt very familiar. Air, spark, and fuel come together over the course of four strokes to create power and... read more September 14, 2016 by


 
Can you improve acceleration by adding weight?

Can you improve acceleration by adding weight?

Before you start shaking your head and shouting "No!" at your computer screen and preparing an angry email about how stupid we are, hear us out. Our host Jason Fenske from... read more September 12, 2016 by


 
How variable intake manifolds create more power

How variable intake manifolds create more power

Your intake manifold. It takes in air and sends it to your engine's combustion chamber. This is basically the start of the combustion process. After all, you can't have... read more September 7, 2016 by


 
'Engineering Explained' adds Honda S2000 project car to its garage

'Engineering Explained' adds Honda S2000 project car to its garage

For some time now, Jason from Engineering Explained has been teaching us about all areas of our shared passion—and now we get to share in something a little more... read more September 6, 2016 by


 
 

 
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