Horizontally-opposed engines are often referred to as "boxer" engines because the motion of the pistons sort of resembles a boxer, punching. Really, though, if any engine should be named for a boxer, it's the other kind of opposed engine: the kind where the pistons actually "punch" right at each other. They're called opposed-piston engines, and they're fascinating.
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One pedal driving is available in many battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, allowing drivers the option to brake to a complete stop without actually pressing on the brake pedal. The car's electric motors can use the regenerative braking power to great effect. Leave it to Engineering Explained to explain how this functionality works to make your EV commute a little easier.
Not only is engine braking a technique that will make you a bit safer driving down a mountain pass, the science behind it can actually save you more fuel over just coasting in neutral.
"Is engine braking with a manual transmission bad?" you might ask your disinterested friends at lunch. Well, Engineering Explained has an answer for you! In his newest video, Jason Fenske goes over not only what engine braking is, but also whether or not it's bad for your car.
If you've ever wondered why Subaru uses flat-four engines while everyone else has inline-fours, let Engineering Explained use a pair of lovely 3-D printed models to break down the pros and cons of each engine layout.
Sugar in the gas tank is one of those staples of miserable things you always heard that awful people do to other, often similarly awful people's cars. While nobody thinks sweeting your car's gas is a good idea, the actual results of putting sugar in a gas tank isn't all that well known. That's why it's nice to see someone actually give it a try, and evaluate exactly what happens.
Air: that pain in the arse but life-giving stuff that keeps cars from going fast. OK, so air is necessary for an internal combustion engine to, you know, run, but other than that, it's a real drag. LOL. ROFL. GET IT. Thankfully the 2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante has a way to game the system.