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The Ultimate Engine Technology Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • 1843
  • 1821
  • 1798

What do most engines use for cooling purposes?

  • liquid
  • air
  • plasma

In which country did the first car manufacturers appear?

  • Britain
  • France
  • United States

Before the advent of fuel injectors, cars relied on what to supply fuel to the combustion chamber?

  • forced induction
  • carburetors
  • turbine

In what year did Alfred Buchi patent a turbocharger?

  • 1951
  • 1934
  • 1905

What is the ideal air-to-gasoline ratio for car engines?

  • 14.7-to-1
  • 20.1-to-1
  • 7.8-to-1

During which stroke cycle does the spark plug fire?

  • exhaust
  • combustion
  • compression

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?

  • gunpowder
  • gasoline
  • kerosene

To what are the engines pistons attached?

  • the flywheel
  • the tie rods
  • the crankshaft

Most consumer vehicle engines have how many strokes?

  • two
  • four
  • six

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?

  • 1901
  • 1913
  • 1923

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?

  • Ford
  • Chevy
  • Honda

Most engine blocks are made from what material?

  • titanium
  • steel
  • 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?

  • compression
  • wheel torque
  • crankshaft

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
  • transmission
  • crankshaft

In what year did Karl Benz receive a patent for his first automobile?

  • 1878
  • 1886
  • 1901

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
  • V-Series
  • 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