Engines 101

The back bone of any car is the engine. In this post, I will talk about different engines and the characteristics of them.


You might have heard of an engine that is called a V8 or a V6. Then you wonder why they have those names. Well, let me break it down for you.

The “V” means that the pistons that are in cylinders , are arranged in a “V” formation.


In todays f1 cars, each piston revolves 250 times per second at max rpm!

The number in the engine name represents how many cylinders the engine has. Most “V” engines have six, eight, ten or sometimes twelve  cylinders.

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       There is a simple rule with engines. More cylinders = more power. In a V12 engine, a few more tiny explosions happen at once than in a V10. This will allow the V12 engine to burn more fuel in a shorter time. However, the less powerful engine can make up for having less cylinders by adding a turbocharger. A turbocharger is a pair of fans that are turned by the air coming out of the exhaust. The turbine forces more air into the cylinders, which allows more fuel to be burned at once.



Scuderia Ferrari have been part of F1 since it started in 1950. They have built cars that have helped them win 16 constructors championships, making them the most successful team in F1 history. I found a very cool youtube video that show some great Ferrari cars and their engine sounds. Enjoy!


What is your favorite f1 sound?

I hope you enjoyed my post and learned a lot about engines!

Fact of the day:


The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has 16 cylinders and four turbochargers that produce a whopping 1000 horsepower!

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