Ever since the days when the British Empire built railroads connecting far-flung corners of the world, Britain has embraced the power of machinery to extend the grasp of humanity. The Swiss have had a reputation for making fine timepieces for a long time, but building quality and, to put it in simple terms, building excellent things larger than watches, have been hallmarks of British craftsmanship. After all, Rolex started out as a British company. Britain remains home to many companies that make machines that use engines, build their own engines, or even build engines for other companies or purposes.
Historically, the British tend to invent their way out of problems. Faced with foreign invasions as with the World Wars, the British invented machines for land, sea and air to defeat their foes. Since then, capitalism has driven this rapacious rate of invention. When Britain was the only major power capable of wringing 120 horsepower from an engine, there was little need to work hard, but since WW II, Britain has gone toe to toe with Germany, the United States, Japan and other nations in the engine game. How much do you really know about this proud British tradition? Take this quiz and find out for sure!