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Beginner's Guide: What Is a Rotary Engine (and How Does It Work)?

What is a rotary engine (and how does it work)?
We have previously explained how four-stroke piston engines work, but that is not the only way to turn fuel and air into power. Perhaps the most unusual engine design to ever find its way into a production car, the Wankel Rotary Engine is elegant in its simplicity; it has about 75% less moving...

Beginner's Guide: What Is an Engine Block (and What Does It Do)?

What is an engine block (and what does it do)
An engine block - also known as a cylinder block - contains all of the major components where the combustion process takes place in a reciprocating engine. Usually made from an aluminium alloy (cast iron in older engines), it houses the cylinders and their components, the water cooling system and...