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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 Sleeve-valve Engines Work

The sleeve-valve engine may have already been dismissed as a historical relic; however, at least one company is seeking to bring the sleeve-valve engine back into action -- with a few modern twists.


Engine Quiz

Engine Quiz

It's under the hood of every car, truck and SUV, but how many people really know how one works? Do you know a spark plug from a fuel injector? See more »

Diesel Engine Pictures

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

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

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 »

Chevy 265-cid V-8 Engine

Chevy 265-cid V-8 Engine

The 265 Chevy V-8 was considered a benchmark engine during its days. Learn the history behind the powerful 265-cid Chevy V8 engine. See more »

Chevy 283-cid V-8 Engine

Chevy 283-cid V-8 Engine

The 283 Chevy V-8 was equipped with the Ramjet fuel injection system which gave this small-block Chevy V-8 better performance. Learn more about it. See more »

Chevy 348-cid V-8 Engine

Chevy 348-cid V-8 Engine

The 348 Chevy V-8 was the largest and most powerful Chevrolet engine you could buy in 1958-61. Learn all about this powerful engine. See more »

Chevy 409-cid V-8 Engine

Chevy 409-cid V-8 Engine

The 409 Chevy V-8 is considered a legendary engine that has left a big footprint in the performance world. Learn more about the powerful 409 V-8. See more »

Chevy 396-cid V-8 Engine

Chevy 396-cid V-8 Engine

The 396 Chevy V-8 shocked rivals at the Daytona International speedway with its accleration and speed. Find out more about the "Porcupine" engine. See more »

Chevy 427-cid V-8 Engine

Chevy 427-cid V-8 Engine

The 427 Chevy V-8 superseded the 396 and could deliver standing-start quarter-mile times of under 15 seconds. Learn more about the 427 Chevy V-8 engine. See more »