10 Facts Most People Don’t Know About Car Engines


Top Fuel Dragster Race Car Has A Powerful Engine

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Here is the first of our “10 facts most people don’t know about car engines.” The power of a top fuel 10,000HP dragster race car’s engine is equivalent to 22 standard Corvette engine.


1 HP = Power Needed To Lift 550 lbs

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The formula for Horespower is: 1 HP = power needed to lift 550 lbs. 1 foot in the air in 1 second.


Real Horses Don’t Equal 1 Horsepower

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Real horses actually only produce about .7HP, based on the official calculation for horsepower.


There Are Four Main Types Of Car Engines

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The four common types of car engines are Straight, Inline, V and Flat. These refer to the cylinder layouts in the engine.

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Cold Weather Hinders Your Car’s Fuel Economy

Driving on cold days diminishes your fuel economy because it takes so long for the engine to reach normal operating temperature.


The World Record To Replace An Engine Is  42 Seconds

The world record for removing and replacing a car engine is 42 seconds, set in 1985 on a Ford Escort. 42 seconds! You couldn’t get up to get another beer and be back in 42 seconds.


The 2008 Ariel Atom 500 Can Reach An Extremely High 10,500 RPM

The highest revving engine inside of a production car is in the 2008 Ariel Atom 500. It reached 10,500 RPM.


Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Invented A Type Of Steam Powered Engine In 1769

The first steam-engine-powered automobile that was capable of transporting humans was created in 1769 by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. Engine have advanced so much since 1769 that almost anything can serve as oil; even WD-40. Truly, if you’re in a bind and have a gallon of WD-40 nearby – your car will run for about a half an hour. What happens after that isn’t our fault…


NASCAR Requires Their Engines In 500 Production Cars

NASCAR engines are required to be outfitted in at least 500 production cars before they can be raced. Granted, they have many special modifications, but the engines are essentially the same.


Car Engines Prices Can Go From Relatively Reasonable To Extremely Expensive

A typical car engine costs roughly $2,500 – $4,000. The newest engines in top-of-the-line Dodge Challenger and Chargers cost around $19,000. How much do you think this 4400 horsepower Cummins engine would cost?

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