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How to do a burnout

How to do a burnout with a manual transmission, and what it does to your tires

Right off the bat, we're going to enter Pedantic Mode. We're really talking more about a brake stand than a burnout here. Yes, there's a difference and it involves how much tire destruction takes place. A burnout is all throttle induced, while a brake stand keeps you in place while the rear tires... read more

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The science behind Individual Throttle Bodies

The benefits of Individual Throttle Bodies vs. a single throttle body

Your average new car has a throttle body and an intake manifold. The engine sucks in air through the air filter before it passes through the open throttle body and into the... read more March 15, 2017 by


 
Infrared view of a burnout with a Honda S2000

See how hot a burnout gets through a thermal camera

What's the best way to end the life of a set of tires? If you have the mind of a fully grown child, a good burnout is the way to go. We all know that you're going to heat up... read more March 13, 2017 by


 
Watch engines warming up as captured by $55K thermal imaging camera

Watch engines warming up as captured by $55K thermal imaging camera

If you have a newer car, your engine warms up pretty quickly. Driving something a bit more classically cool? That engine will stay cooler for longer as well, since it needs a... read more March 10, 2017 by


 
Why can't production cars reach 300 mph

Why can't production cars reach 300 mph?

The Bugatti Chiron is just getting out to the extremely well-heeled public. Customers have started taking deliveries of the 1,480-horsepower ballistic road machine, and we're... read more March 6, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained uses balloons and a Honda S2000 to demonstrate engine air flow

How much air will an engine consume at wide open throttle?

The headline to this article is clearly the type of question that keeps Engineering Explained host Jason Fenske up at night. Luckily for him, he's got the math and science... read more March 1, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about McLaren suspension and its lack of sway bar

McLaren has no need for your antiquated sway bars

McLaren is a company that loves pushing the technological envelope. Be it the company's road cars or its racing machines, there is plenty of fascinating bits to be explored... read more February 28, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about the five features that make the Power Wagon a strong off-road truc

These 5 features make for a powerful off-road truck

Engineering Explained's Jason Fenske recently had a chance to check out the 2017 Ram Power Wagon. We think he likes it just as much we did ourselves. There are five standout... read more February 24, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained walks us through the Motor Trend 0-60 run with the Tesla Model S

No, the Tesla Model S P100D doesn't do 0-60 in 2.28 seconds

It's all about math and physics, folks. At least that's the soup that fills the head of Engineering Explained host Jason Fenske, which is why he's so easily able to explain... read more February 22, 2017 by


 
Point of view angle of the Ram Power Wagon's off-road suspension

Be mesmerized by the action of this off-road suspension

Suspension can be a surprisingly mesmerizing bit of mechanical enjoyment. Go stare at a Trophy Truck as it rips across the desert and think about all of the work that the... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about how the Tesla Model S can do the 0-60 run in 2.28 seconds

How the Tesla Model S hits 60 mph in 2.28 seconds

The 0-60 mph times for the Tesla Model S keep getting lower and lower. The new P100D package really helps put all of the horsepower to the ground efficiently, and makes the... read more February 13, 2017 by


 
McLaren P1 has an open differential

Why does the McLaren P1 have an open differential?

The McLaren P1 is a hilariously complex and deliciously expensive hyper car. However, there is a simple and inexpensive secret lying underneath its rear end. Where you might... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Honda has built a motorcycle that self balances

How Honda's self-balancing motorcycle works

Do you wake up thinking about the effects of positive and negative trail length and their relation to motorcycle stability? No? Well, we're going to change that because... read more February 6, 2017 by


 
Snow trekking with Subaru's AWD system in snow

How Subaru's AWD system works in the snow

All-wheel-drive systems work in many different ways. They differ from four-wheel-drive systems in that they don't have a transfer case that typically provides low-range... read more February 1, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about the banned F1 tech used by the LaFerrari

How Ferrari's banned F1 technology works on the LaFerrari engine

Anytime you get to use the term "banned F1 technology" you know you're going to be talking about something very interesting and very cool. That's the case today because the... read more January 30, 2017 by


 
Engineering Explained talks about the improvements made with the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

Has Michelin designed a better tire than its Pilot Super Sport?

If you have a vehicle that likes to perform, you'll do best to fit it with a set of Pilot Super Sport tires from Michelin. This is a seriously good set of rubber that will... read more January 26, 2017 by


 
 

 
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