The Ultimate Engine Technology Quiz
The internal combustion engine changed civilization in myriad ways. How much do you know about engine technology? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
What year was the first internal combustion engine built in America?
What do most engines use for cooling purposes?
In which country did the first car manufacturers appear?
- United States
Before the advent of fuel injectors, cars relied on what to supply fuel to the combustion chamber?
- forced induction
In what year did Alfred Buchi patent a turbocharger?
What is the ideal air-to-gasoline ratio for car engines?
During which stroke cycle does the spark plug fire?
Who created the world's first four-wheeled automobile?
- Karl Benz
- Nikolaus Otto
- Gottlieb Daimler
What does a turbocharger do?
- adds more gas to the gas/air mixture
- forces more air into the combustion chamber
- reduces the engine's exhaust gas
Who started the first car manufacturing company in the United States?
- Frank Duryea
- Ransome Olds
- Henry Ford
In-line engines have cylinders arranged in what configuration?
- a row
- a vertical stack
- a diagonal line
In the 17th century Samuel Morland used what substance to drive water pumps?
To what are the engines pistons attached?
- the flywheel
- the tie rods
- the crankshaft
Most consumer vehicle engines have how many strokes?
Who is credited with inventing the first internal combustion engine?
- Henry Ford
- Karl Benz
- Etienne Lenoir
When did Henry Ford revolutionize car manufacturing using assembly line construction?
What's the purpose of the flywheel on a car?
- to smooth out the engine
- to add a little more horsepower
- to increase torque
How were the first internal combustion engines started?
- electric starters
- hand crank
- cartridge starters
Which company invented VTEC technology?
Most engine blocks are made from what material?
- aluminum alloy
Chevy's 454 engine produced about how much horsepower?
- 290 horsepower (216,253 watts)
- 390 horsepower
- 540 horsepower
The first piston engines lacked which characteristic?
- wheel torque
The mass-produced Ford flathead V-8 included what components in a single engine block?
- the transmission and cylinders
- the pistons and camshafts
- the cylinders and crankcase
In many engines the timing chain connects the camshaft to what?
- engine block
In what year did Karl Benz receive a patent for his first automobile?
In 1864 how long did it take Etienne Lenoir's motorized carriage to travel 14 miles (23 kilometers)?
- about 90 minutes
- about three hours
- about an hour
Contemporary car engines typically have about how many valves per cylinder?
- eight to 12
- six to eight
- two to five
Chevy's large displacement V-8 engines were known as what?
- Big Block
- Bore Center
What does the acronym "DOHC" stand for?
- dynamic overheat heating coil
- double omission hybrid crankshaft
- double overhead camshaft
What is the ECU?
- the engine control unit
- the environmental control unit
- the exterior control unit