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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.

How HEMI Engines Work

Even if you don't know much about cars, the word "HEMI" might still mean something to you. It's become a synonym for big, powerful engines.

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

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

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

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

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

The 427 Chevy V-8 superseded the 396 and could deliver standing-start quarter-mile times of under 15 seconds.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

Chevy 454-cid V-8 Engine

The 454 Chevy V-8's performance was heavily compromised due to smog restrictions. Learn about one of Chevy's milestone performance engines. See more »

How Quasiturbine Engines Work

Quasiturbine engines allow for continuous combustion and increased fuel efficiency. Learn how quasiturbine engines improve the internal combustion engine. See more »

How HEMI Engines Work

A HEMI engine is a popular high-performance engine type. Learn about the history of the HEMI engine and see what sets a HEMI apart from other engine types. See more »

This may sound silly, but on the back of my car there is a little sign that says "2.4 liter," and every morning I see that and wonder "What does that mean?" So what does it mean? See more »