Most cars are a machine centered around an internal combustion engine. The engine produces power, which turns drive shafts that turn wheels and give the car motion. A steering wheel connected to the front axle allows the... More »

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Though the various electronic components of a car are often called its "computer," in actuality a car contains multiple microprocessors, all of which might be called computers. These parts carry out a number of functions... More »

Electric cars replace the internal combustion engine used in traditional automobiles with one or more electric motors powered by a series of batteries. Electric vehicles tend to have a shorter range and less power than i... More »

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A rotary engine is a combustion engine that uses differing gas volumes that are pressurized by a triangular rotor inside a central chamber. The triangular rotor moves around the chamber, causing the three gas pockets to ... More »

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A supercharger pressurizes the air supplied to an internal combustion engine, generating more power for the vehicle. This extra power arises because more air is pumped into the combustion chamber of the engine in a singl... More »

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An engine firing order is the specific sequence of ignition for each cylinder in an internal combustion engine containing multiple cylinders. Firing orders, which are typically nonsequential, are designed to reduce engin... More »

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A car powered by an internal combustion engine moves by transmitting the engine's rotational movement to the wheels via the transmission, driveshaft and differential. Front-wheel drive cars do not require a driveshaft, b... More »