7 Types of Car Engines and How They Work

Francie Grubba


The engine is one of the most important parts of a car, and it’s what makes them run. It also makes them go! In this article, we’ll take a look at seven different types of engines that you can find in cars today. We’ll talk about how each engine works and why each one is different than the others. Then we’ll give you some information about how these engines became popular and how they’ve changed over time.

V8 Engine

A V8 engine is a type of internal combustion engine that has eight cylinders arranged in two banks of four. It’s the most common type of automobile engine, as it’s used in most cars and trucks.

The first V8s were built in 1913 by Cadillac, but they didn’t become popular until Ford introduced them in 1932 with their Model 48 sedan. The original design was created by Valjean Evers and Harry Miller, who took inspiration from airplanes and boats when creating the new design.

In-line 6 Engine

The in-line 6 engine is one of the most common types of engines, with over 1 million units sold every year. The I6 is also known as a straight engine, because it has all its cylinders lined up in a row.

The I6 engine has six cylinders – three on each side of the car’s crankshaft (or power shaft). Each cylinder contains two pistons that move up and down together during the four strokes: intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. Each piston also has two valves–one intake valve at the top of its cycle and one exhaust valve at bottom–which open and close during these strokes respectively. This means there are six camshafts operating independently from each other but all working together to control those valves for every single cylinder within your vehicle’s motorized heart!

In addition to being able to operate independently from each other when needed by controlling valves via cams attached directly onto each individual head unit (cylinder block), this kind of setup allows for increased efficiency because multiple tasks can be performed simultaneously without affecting others adversely; for example: if you wanted more power output by increasing RPMs but didn’t want any increase in fuel consumption due to increased combustion rates then this design would allow both things happen without compromising either condition too much beyond what we were expecting before hand.”

In-line 4 Engine

In-line 4 engines are a type of 4-cylinder engine. They’re commonly found in cars and trucks, and they may be the most common type of car engine in North America. In this section, we’ll explain how an in-line 4 works, how it compares to other types of engines, and why it’s so popular among car manufacturers.

In addition to being used for vehicles with four wheels (e.g., cars), these engines can also power other types of transport: motorcycles have used them since their invention; airplanes often use them for small aircraft; boats also use them if they’re not diesel powered–and even some trains use them!

V10 Engine

V10 engines are a type of internal combustion engine that has 10 cylinders. They are used in high-performance cars and have been around since the late 1800s.

V10 engines are more efficient than V8 and V12 engines because they share components with other types of engines, such as the crankshaft and pistons. This allows them to be smaller than their counterparts while still producing more power output for fewer emissions and less fuel consumption.

V12 Engine

The V12 engine is a 12-cylinder engine. It’s used in high-end luxury cars, such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari F430. The V12 is the most powerful engine you can get on the market today, but it’s also heavy and expensive to manufacture–which makes sense if you think about how much power these engines need to produce!

Straight 6 Engine

The straight 6 engine is one of the most popular engine designs in the world. It was first introduced in the 1930s and continues to be used today in a variety of applications, including luxury cars like Audi and BMW and performance vehicles like Porsche’s 911 Turbo.

The straight 6 is often referred to as an inline or V6 engine because it has 3 cylinders on each side of its block; this gives it two rows of cylinders (hence “V”) and makes for six total cylinders in all. The design has been around so long because it offers several advantages over other types:

  • A shorter overall length than other configurations allows for better packaging within smaller vehicles or certain models with longer wheelbases such as station wagons or SUVs
  • Better balance between torque at low speeds versus horsepower at high speeds due to narrower bore spacing between banks compared with wider ones found on V8s

Straight 4 Engine

The straight 4 engine is a type of internal combustion engine that has a single cylinder block with two pistons. It’s also known as an inline-4, I4 and I4.

The cylinders are arranged in a line parallel to the crankshaft axis. This configuration results in low mechanical complexity but high vibration levels at higher speeds, so most straight 4 engines have at least 6 cylinders (the exception being some diesel engines).

Car engines are the reason we have vehicles, and with so many different types, you can learn how they work!

Car engines are the reason we have vehicles, and with so many different types, you can learn how they work!

The first thing to know is that there are two main types of car engines: gasoline and diesel. Gasoline engines use an internal combustion process to convert fuel into energy while diesel engines do not require an air-fuel mixture to ignite their fuel (they just burn it). Both types use pistons that compress air inside a cylinder before igniting it with a spark plug to produce power that turns your car’s wheels.


Car engines are the reason we have vehicles, and with so many different types, you can learn how they work!

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