Is it a Ford Engine or a Chevy Engine?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Part of America's 'Big Three' automakers, both Ford and Chevrolet have produced so many noteworthy models, it's difficult to count them. 

Think of Ford's Model T, one of the most iconic cars ever built. Or what about the first and second generation Chevrolet Corvette, both in high demand today? But both of these legendary carmakers have given us something else over the years. 

And that is incredible car engines. And they range across the spectrum. From straight-4s, straight-6s, V6s, V8s, hybrids, NASCAR engines, IndyCar engines, you name it and they have made them. Each and every engine has a story to tell. Some have even been powering Ford and Chevrolet models for decades at a time. That simply is an indication of how good the engineering behind these power plants actually is.

So in this quiz, we want to not test your knowledge about Ford and Chevrolet the brand, so much but more your knowledge on what drives them ... so to speak - their engines. And it is going to be tough to identify them.

Why? Well all you will have is a single image to base your decision on. But as a car aficionado, we have the utmost faith in your ability to rev all the way to the checkered flag and ace this quiz. 

Good luck!

The Flathead V8 was a revelation by Ford in 1932. Quite simply put, at the time, there was nothing similar to it out there. Most importantly, it was cheap, which made it more accessible to people struggling through the Great Depression.

This engine was installed in a legendary model of the Chevrolet Camaro, the Z28.

A 60-degree V4 engine, the Taunus was first used by Ford in Germany in 1962. It was available as a 1.2, 1.3, 1.5 and 1.7-liter engines.

Chevrolet came up with the 454 big block V8 especially for its performance models. Cars such as the Camaro, Chevelle and Corvette all came with the option of the 454 engine. And everyone loved this powerplant. Sadly, the oil crisis of the mid-1970s saw it only produced in these cars till around 1974 before it became a heavy duty truck only option.

Produced for a period of almost 40 years, from 1962 to 2001, the Generation 3 straight 6 engine was available in a number of displacements with the smallest a 3.2-liter and the largest a 4.8-liter. Chevy stopped using this water-cooled power plant in 1990, but it was still produced in Brazil till 2001.

The LS9/LSA Chevy V8 engine was first seen in the 2009 ZR1 Corvette. It produces a staggering 638 brake horsepower, thanks to a 6.2-liter displacement and a supercharger!

Certainly something a little different, the Voltec is the powerplant behind the Chevrolet Volt. It consists of a 16 kWh liquid-cooled AC motor with a 1.4-liter in-line engine.

The first generation of the Ford straight-6 engine, the 226 was a 3.7-liter engine that produced 90 brake horsepower.

The Chevrolet Small-Block V8 was first released in 1955 and by the end of that year, over a million had been built. Simple, yet effective and powerful, derivatives of this engine are still made today and over 100 million have been made.

This behemoth, found in the Ford F-150 Lightning, produces a massive 360 brake horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque! Tuners even managed to get more out of it, making the Lightning the performance truck to have at the turn of the new millennium.

The 7.0-liter V8 engine in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 produced 430 brake horsepower, not small numbers back in 1969.

Certainly not the most powerful but one of the most important engines ever made. Why? Well the Ford Inline 4 drove possible the most significant car in auto history - the Model T.

The LT5 was the powerplant exclusively for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. This 5.7-liter engine produced over 400 brake horsepower.

Made from aluminum, this 427 cubic inch engine was 100 pounds lighter than other big block V8’s. 69 special Chevrolet Camaro’s were made with the ZL1 big-block engine.

This engine was used in the Chevrolet Corvair in the 1960s. It is a flat six boxter power plant and was available as a 2.3, 2.4 or 2.7-liter. It was a very different design from what General Motors was using at the time.

The Kent engine was first released in 1959 and has powered a number of famous Ford models including the Cortina and Capri. The third and final version of the Kent engine was used up until 2001.

Dubbed the ‘Mystery’ engine, this 427-cubic inch V8 was fast. Sadly it never reached any sort of potential in the 1960s as General Motors pulled out of organized racing at that time.

Ford picked an incredible car to put the 302 Ford V8 into - the Shelby GT350! It provided not only power but reliability. A even higher performance version went into 1969s Boss Mustang.

The 351 Windsor was introduced by Ford to bridge the gap between big block and small block engines. First introduced in 1969, like many other performance engines of the time, it suffered under the mid-1970s oil crisis. It did appear in the 1995 Mustang Cobra R however.

Found in Corvettes and other Chevy models in the mid-1960s, the 427 produced 390 brake horsepower. A ZL1 version was specially produced for racing, although it was not available in any other Chevrolet models. This could reach around 500 brake horsepower when tuned up.

Reliable and strong, the 300 inline 6-cylinder was a popular engine for Ford when it was first introduced in 1965. So versatile was this engine that it could be found in a range of models as well as agricultural equipment, trucks and tractors.

First introduce in 1997 and still produced by Ford, the Triton V10 6.8-liter single overhead cam engine with a 90 degree V.

A big block V8, Chevrolet looks to build on the success of their SB2 NASCAR engine with the R07. It too proved a massive success and powered Chevrolet NASCAR models to many wins.

Today, the 50 to 80 horsepower produced by the I-6 (depending on the year and model) seem paltry, but it was a very advance engine. First released in 1929, it used overhead valves in a time when most other engines in pickups were flat heads.

The Duratec 8v PS is 1.3-liter engine that Ford introduced in 1995 and still is in use today.

First introduced in 2012, the 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine is a 3-cylinder engine. It can produce an impressive 123 brake horsepower.

Produce for a period of 18 years from 1958 to 1976, the FE engine was used in a number of different models, including trucks.

The Consul 4 engine was produced by Ford in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and 1960s. The 1951 engine, the first produced, had a 1.5-liter displacement and produced around 47 brake horsepower.

Introduced in 1982, Canadian Essex V6 was so named as it was produced in Canada at Ford’s Essex Engine Plant in Ontario. It started as a 3.8-liter displacement engine but a 4.2-liter eventually followed for use in F-Series pickups.

First introduced in 2012, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is a 3-cylinder engine recently introduced by Ford. The top of the range version, found in the Ford Focus ST, will produce 200 brake horsepower.

Produce for a 31-year period between 1965 and 1996, the 300 I-6 from Ford was a stalwart of their F-truck series. So impressive was this engine that Ford used it in heavy-duty truck models as well.

The M Series Copper-Cooled vehicle used an engine that employed air cooling. This was a 2.2-liter, 4 cylinder powerplant that sadly, was not much of a success, especially in warm weather.

Produced between 1940 and 1950, the GAA was a 60-degree V8 engine made from aluminum. It was used in many tank models during those years.

The SB2 NASCAR engine was the first that Chevrolet developed solely for NASCAR. It was an immediate hit, taking Jeff Gordon to 13 wins in 1998, along with the championship.

First introduced in 2012, this engine is still used in the IndyCar racing series. It is a 2.2-liter 24 valve DOHC powerplant made out of aluminum. It weighs just 248 pounds.

Produced from 2011 to 2015, the Power Stroke V8 was a 6.7-liter engine that produced 390 brake horsepower and over 700 lb-ft of torque. Powerful!

This straight-6 engine, often called the Stovebolt, was introduced by Chevrolet in 1929. It replaced the older straight-four engine and was used on a variety of Chevrolet vehicles. The engine was available as a 3.0-liter, 3.2-liter or a 3.4-liter unit.

Originally called the ‘Turbo Jet,’ this big block engine was produced from 1965 to 2009. All-in-all, there were seven generations produced.

The Scorpion V8 turbo diesel engine is found in Ford F-Series pickups. It is a 6.7-liter 32-valve engine and first introduced in 2011.

A collaboration between Chevy and Ilmor, the Chevrolet/Ilmor 2.65 Liter Turbo V8 won 64 out of 78 races and six Indy 500s on the trot. Incredible.

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