Sunday, July 5, 2020

Engines

Intro…

Engines, Right…

I will be the first to admit, today’s post will lean ever so slightly towards informing you and not necessarily entertaining you, so tailor your expectation accordingly. I will, however, try my best to keep you interested enough to read thru’ this whole piece.

Over the course of my writing, I always mention what sort of engine the car is running on. For this specific article, I asked if the readers wanted me to do a piece on the different engine configurations out there. Here we are…

Samples…

Some cars I have covered so far have had the V6, H4, I4 and V8 engines. Starting with the numbers accompanying the letters in each configuration, they stand for the number of cylinders in the engine. To break it down, the cylinders are where the petrol is introduced to a spark and oxygen causing an explosion which pushes the pistons producing power.

The letter before the numbers refer to how the cylinders are arranged in the engine. So for I4 (sometimes called straight 4 ), its cylinders arranged straight thru the engine. H configurations mean they take the ‘H’ shape and V means they take the ‘V’ shape. (At this point I have a feeling you may or may not need pictures to help understand what I am talking about. If you do, I am one step ahead of you).

v4 config

H4 Config

I4 config

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we have a visual representation of the three engines, we have an idea of what we are on about. The H4 picture shows the pistons in the cylinders but the other two don’t show the cylinders (please imagine them in a cylinder, Thank you).

Moving forward from where we are, would be getting into the realms of engineering and that will greatly reduce the audience that made it this far into the article. Maybe in some other time, we will get into it but in truth, it does not matter that much to an average consumer.

Summary…

Let me try to wrap this up with my summary. We are at a time where engineering is at its peak and only getting better. Car manufacturers right now have a pretty good idea on what type of engine to put in their cars. You will be probably okay with either of the engines I have stated above.

Additionally, there are  regulations being put in place that these manufacturers have to meet. The standards are set and the cars being produced have to meet them. For instance, the bigger engines (v10,v12) are being phased out. They are replaced with smaller charged engines (either supercharging or turbocharging) and hybrid systems.

This I suspect has something to do with emissions, just a hunch. For the majority of car owners, the I4 will get the job done. The petrolheads seeking bigger engines the V6, V8 will do a better job. The other factor to consider is the fuel consumption but you knew that already right?? (bigger engine + bigger cylinders/more cylinders + bigger explosions = more fuel needed.)
Anyway, that’s all for today, any more inquiries, let me know.

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Captain Ace
Captain Ace
I love cars and I am mostly here to talk about them and hopefully be your one stop for everything car related.
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