Day: April 23, 2017

V-6 engines

V-6 engines

V-6 engines

04/23/17

“How can we make an engine with six pistons?”

 

Most non-American car models are powered by conventional four-piston engines. However, such technology can be slow and weak. So how could we create a new engine that would be faster and offer more powerful acceleration? Well, let’s use our engineering mindset to figure this out. We know that one of the bottlenecks of four-stroke engines is their limited stroking numbers. So what if we were to increase the amount of pistons active? Well, if we were to take six cylinders, put them at 60 degrees from the horizontal (to smoothen vibrational effects) and activated them, we would have an engine that is both compact and powerful. This configuration is known as a V-6 engine, and is used widely by American automobile manufacturers.