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 Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder (OPOC) Engines Work

Internal combustion engines aren't going away anytime soon. And since a practical alternative can't be ready for use within the next few years, we need a better internal combustion engine in the meantime.

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  • How the Tesla Turbine Works

    How the Tesla Turbine Works

    High gas prices are driving people to look at alternatives to fossil fuels, such as a turbine designed by the father of alternating current, Nikola Tesla. See more »

  • How the Wave Disk Generator Works

    How the Wave Disk Generator Works

    The wave disk generator is a propulsion system that could revolutionize the way we move our vehicles. But we've all heard that before, right? So what makes this one so special? See more »

  • How to Make a Coke Can Stirling Engine

    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. See more »

  • Is it true that a diesel engine can operate under water while a gasoline engine cannot?

    Is it true that a diesel engine can operate under water while a gasoline engine cannot?

    Diesel powered Humvees are capable of running in "extreme" conditions, and these conditions can include deep submersion during river fording. Is it only possible to go underwater with a diesel powered vehicle? See more »

  • The Ultimate Hot Bulb Engine Quiz

    The Ultimate Hot Bulb Engine Quiz

    Hot bulb engines helped usher in the Industrial Age and served as a missing link of sorts between primitive and modern engines. The machines are quirky, temperamental and irascible. But they're also well-loved by users and collectors, a deserving fate for what has been described as a workhorse for early technology. See more »

  • Chevy 265-cid V-8 Engine

    Chevy 265-cid V-8 Engine

    The Chevy 265-cid V-8 was a performance favorite for two generations. It was considered a benchmark engine design for its days. Learn about the history and specs of this marvelous engine. See more »

  • Chevy 283-cid V-8 Engine

    Chevy 283-cid V-8 Engine

    The 283 Chevy V-8 has become one of Chevy's most revered engines -- the definitive small-block enshrined by a generation of car enthusiasts who followed. Learn more about the fuel-injected small-block Chevy V-8 that powered the Corvette. See more »

  • Chevy 348-cid V-8 Engine

    Chevy 348-cid V-8 Engine

    Dubbed "Turbo-Thrust," the 348 Chevy V-8 was the largest and most powerful Chevrolet engine you could buy in 1958-61. These powered some of the most memorable of the "performance" Chevys. See more »

  • Chevy 396-cid V-8 Engine

    Chevy 396-cid V-8 Engine

    After doing surprisingly well in a 500-mile race at the Daytona International Speedway, the 396 Chevy V-8 was created as a high-performance option for the Chevelle and Corvette. Learn more about one of Chevy's milestone performance engines. See more »

  • Chevy 409-cid V-8 Engine

    Chevy 409-cid V-8 Engine

    The high-revving 409 Chevy V-8 was a favorite of racers and hot rodders. Its most glamorous home was in the lmpala Super Sport. The 409 was the standard-bearer in full-size Chevys until 1965. Learn more about it. See more »

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