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The 427 Chevy V-8 superseded the 396 and could deliver standing-start quarter-mile times of under 15 seconds.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

Chevy 454-cid V-8 Engine

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

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

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 »