This customer came in complaining of noise on acceleration and braking. The rocking of the engine, due to broken motor mounts was causing a very loud clunk.

When I first heard of the Buggatti Veyron, I was of course intrigued. Then I learned the Veyron is powered by a (basically VW) W16 engine, and my head began to hurt. I just couldn’t quite get the picture in my head right. Essentially, they have taken a V8 engine, and added a second row of pistons just above the first row. Another way to look at it would be to think of the W8 out of the R32, just doubled up. Crazy stuff.

This animation shows very simply how they have quite neatly packed a V16 motor, in the space of a V10. Hats off gentlemen.

When I worked at Mazda, we used to joke that an engine replacement was part of the 30,000 mile maintenance on vehicles which were powered by rotary engines. In all honesty, the rotary engine does inherently have problems with longevity, but remains one of the most amazing engines ever invented. While almost impossible to explain with words, this animation clearly demonstrates how a rotary engine goes about that whole “Suck, Squish, Bang, Blow” thing. For the record, I still want to power some sort of hot rod using a triple rotor, super sized turbo, rotary power plant.

Here is an animation of how a motor is assembled and then how it all functions together. This video gives you an understanding of how most modern engines work. The engine featured is a four cylinder dual overhead camshaft motor, the bread and butter of most passenger cars today. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do. My only complaint would be that the big nasty turbo was missing. Oh well, maybe next time.

Here is a further break down of how internal combustion engines work. It boils down to 4 simple steps. Suck, Squish, Bang, Blow.

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