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Types of Engines

The types of engines you'll learn about in this section include diesel, rotary, HEMI, stirling and quasiturbine, to name a few. You'll also see photos and animated images of the technologies we explore.

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How to Make a Coke Can Stirling Engine

With a simple soda can and a handful of basic tools and accessories, it's possible to make one of the first commercially viable engines ever made. Find out what makes a Coke can Stirling engine chug away.


How an Atkinson Cycle Engine Works

An Atkinson cycle engine can complete all four strokes with a single rotation of the crankshaft. Read more about Atkinson cycle engines at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Grail Engine Works

What is the Grail Engine? Read about the Grail Engine and how it could change how we drive in the future. See more »

What are the types of internal combustion engines? Visit HowStuffWorks.com to learn the types of internal combustion engines. See more »

How a Hot Bulb Engine Works

What were hot bulb engines? Read about hot bulb engines at HowStuffWorks Auto. See more »

How Direct Injection Engines Work

Direct injection engines offer high efficiency and performance. Learn how direct injection engines work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How In-wheel Motors Work

The in-wheel motor may make many of your car's components obsolete. Read about in-wheel motors and learn how they work in this article. See more »

How the Tesla Turbine Works

The Tesla turbine was one of the many inventions of Nikola Tesla, the father of alternating current. Learn more about the Tesla turbine. See more »

Diesel Engine Pictures

When you hear the word 'diesel' you probably imagine something along the lines of a Mack truck. But what do powerful diesel engines actually look like? Check out this image gallery to see the cutting-edge diesel engines in development today. See more »

Car Engine Pictures

These car engine pictures have photos that range from small economic 4 cylinders to insanely powerful 16-cylinder engines. Check out the pictures. See more »

Classic Chevy Engines

Classic Chevy engines takes a look at the powerful engines that made the Corvette, Impala, and Chevelle hi-performance machines. Learn all about them. See more »