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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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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Multimatic had to invent the shocks for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 promises to be one heck of an off-roader, and one of the main reasons is the truck’s unique shock absorbers. To achieve the desired... read more November 16, 2016 by


 
This is why wider tires equals more grip

This is why wider tires equals more grip

Drag. Friction. Weight distribution and load. These are things you need to consider when you begin to think about how tires work. Yes, those four bits of rubber are your only... read more November 14, 2016 by


 
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


 
Engineering Explained discusses five things you should never do in a brand new vehicle

Here are five things you should never do in a new vehicle

When you buy a new car, there are certain procedures you should follow in order to properly break it in. Your owners manual will provide you with the proper techniques to... read more November 3, 2016 by


 
2016/2017 Formula E Hong Kong ePrix

'Engineering Explained' explores sensor strategy in motorsports

A critical component of a successful racing team is its ability to accumulate and understand many points of data. Motorsports engineers thrive on racing data, as it helps... read more November 1, 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


 
Gas Station safety technology

What happens underground at your local gas station

Pumping fuel is something you've been doing for years now (unless you're one of those people in New Jersey), and it's something you probably don't put a lot of thought into... read more October 26, 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


 
Mazda MX-5 RF roof in action

Here's a look at how the Mazda MX-5 RF roof operates

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF is the targa-topped Miata that some fans of the car have been hoping would come to light. Not everyone is excited about the cut-up coupe, but there are... read more October 18, 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


 
Engineering Explained explores the development side of Formula E

How powertrain competition could help push Formula E forward

Formula E is... not the most thrilling racing out there at the moment. The quality of the teams and the drivers are high, yet there's something to be said about the lack of... read more October 10, 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


 
 

 
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