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Engines

Dragster Engine Time-lapse

Dragster Engine Time-lapse

Hagerty and Don Schumacher Racing provide an up close look a the teardown and reassembly of an 11,000 hp V8 HEMI engine from an NHRA top fuel dragster. While this was a complete rebuild, they perform much of the same process each weekend at the dragstrip.

Philcraft Penny Steam Engine

Philcraft Penny Steam Engine

What you’re looking at here is a teensy, tiny, fully-functional steam engine that’s so small that its base is an old copper penny, and some of them have a flywheel made from a shilling coin. The miniature engine can run on steam or compressed air, and was built by Phil Gravett.

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Miniature 16-cyl Stirling Engine

Miniature 16-cyl Stirling Engine
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JohnnyQ90 shows off a sweet miniature gas-powered stirling engine. It’s powerful enough to spin a propellor to nearly 2,000 RPM, so keep your fingers away. While Johnny made the turbine fan, he’s quick to point out that you can buy the engine itself from Banggood.

Motorcycle Engine Pencil Sharpener

Motorcycle Engine Pencil Sharpener

Did you break the tip on your pencil again? You could go for one of those fancy mechanical pencils, or you could rig up a pencil sharpener like the one Giaco Whatever hacked together – using a 1000cc two-stroke engine to spin the sharpener up to speed.

Rebuilding a Harley Ironhead

Rebuilding a Harley Ironhead

After showing us what it takes to rebuild a couple of V8s, Hagerty Classic Cars captured the restoration of a V-Twin Ironhead engine from a 1957 Harley-Davidson XL sportster motorcycle. The time-lapse condenses what was surely days of work down to just 5 minutes.

10 Strange Engines

10 Strange Engines

YouTuber JD Rock’s picks for the strangest engines invented or currently in development. The list includes the hypersonic harbinger SABRE, the highly scalable and versatile camless engine, and the mind-boggling EmDrive.

Engine Combustion in Slow-motion

Engine Combustion in Slow-motion

Warped Perception built a custom transparent acrylic head for a four-stroke engine so we can see what internal combustion looks like as it happens. He fed the engine with different types of fuel then captured the results in slow-motion. Amazing stuff.

How a Radial Engine Works

How a Radial Engine Works

Carpenter Ian Jimmerson built a working model of a 9-cylinder radial engine out of wood. In his video, he uses the mechanical model to walk us through the fascinating engineering that makes this kind of engine work. Part 2 here.

Working Jet Engine Model

Working Jet Engine Model

An incredibly detailed model of a GE turbofan engine from a Boeing 787 airplane, made using 3D printed parts, and capable of pushing out an impressive amount of thrust. Its builder, Harcoreta, plans on flying it on an RC plane soon. Build log here.

The Enginemobile

The Enginemobile

We’re not entirely sure of the purpose of this thing, since it’s basically just a massive Rolls Royce V12 tank engine without a drivetrain, but the red-hot, flame-spitting exhaust pipes are eye and ear candy for any gearhead.

Rebuilding a Chevy Small Block

Rebuilding a Chevy Small Block

This time-lapse video from Hagerty Classic Cars celebrates the Chevy small-block V8, one of the greatest and most versatile engines ever made. With the help of Thirlby Automotive, they rip one down, then rebuild it like new. (Thanks Justin!)

LEGO V-8 Engine

LEGO V-8 Engine

This intricate, pneumatic-powered LEGO Technic model built by Huib van der Hart replicates the inner workings of a V-8 engine – and is nearly as loud as one – so you might want to turn your speakers down for this one.

Porsche Engine Teardown

Porsche Engine Teardown

A look at the mechanical wonders of a Porsche Carerra 3.2 Engine as told through a time-lapse of an old engine being torn-down for restoration over the course of three months by Hoing Motorsports. Shot by Filmkooperation.

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Amazing LEGO Engine

Amazing LEGO Engine

Obsessive LEGO builder Solde created this palm-sized replica of the 4A-GE engine found in Toyota’s MR2, complete with working timing belt, crankshaft, pistons and throttle. We’re guessing it doesn’t really make those sounds.

V12 Espresso Machine

V12 Espresso Machine

Will someone buy Espresso Veloce’s insanely large coffee machine made of titanium and magnesium, in a limited edition of 500, with oil filter-shaped coffee filters, exhaust brew drip tubes and matching cups? We think so.

Sabre Engine

Sabre Engine

A breakthrough engine that could propel airplanes to insanely high speeds, designed to enable jets to fly up as fast as Mach 5 – which means you could fly from London to Sydney in just 4.5 hours.

Engine Rebuild Stop-Motion

Engine Rebuild Stop-Motion

During the 11-month-long rebuild of an old engine, YouTuber nothingherok decided to shoot over 3000 individual still images of the process, assembling them into this here stop-motion short.

World’s Smallest V12 Engine

World’s Smallest V12 Engine

This amazing clip shows the meticulous handcrafting of a tiny V12 motor. How tiny? The crankshaft could fit in your palm and the cylinders are only 11.3mm wide. It’s alive at about 8:07.

Cold War HEMI Siren

Cold War HEMI Siren

During the Cold War, the US held air raid drills with sirens powered by 331cid 185 hp Chrysler HEMI engines, throwing sound out as far as 25 miles away. Noisy fun begins at 2:54. (Thanks Brian!)

Jet Powered Mountain Bike

Jet Powered Mountain Bike

We’ve decided that we’re willing to trade leg strength and stamina for fireproof bike shorts and ear plugs (once) to ride on this AMT Micro Turbine engine-powered mountain bike. (Thanks Ugo!)

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