Car engines need gasoline, just like you need food. It's science! In this quiz, however, we’re going to take things to the extreme and test your knowledge about engine facts that the average person doesn't know. Are you ready to be challenged yet? Good, you should be!
The internal combustion engine is one of the great marvels of the modern world. As with any remarkable innovation or invention, it has a multi-faceted history, and the facts really do boggle the mind. When you’re done with this quiz, you’re going to listen to the hum of that engine in that car of yours with a whole new level of awe and respect.
And, let’s be honest, truly knowing the facts about what lies under the hood is important. For instance, did you know that the principle behind any reciprocating internal combustion engine is to put a tiny amount of high-energy fuel in a small space and ignite it, thus releasing an incredible amount of energy in the form of expanding gas? The energy that is released from an engine is enough to propel a potato 500 feet. (Don't' try that at home, though; that potato might just hurt someone. Just saying.)
Are you aware that the four-stroke combustion engine is also known as the _____ cycle? Named after Nikolaus _____, who invented it in 1867? You’re salivating now, aren’t you? Let’s get started on the quiz!