Engineering Explained
Engineering Explained
Engineering Explained

How do cars work? It's a simple question, without a simple answer. That's what this channel is for! You could search the web endlessly for consumable information, or you can watch my simple to understand videos. I'm a graduated mechanical engineer with a passion for cars, and my goal is to help other people passionate about cars learn how they work. Hope you find my videos enjoyable; feel free to ask questions!
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Jason Fenske - Channel Owner - Engineering Explained

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    xpictos777Il y a 3 heures

    Still take my S2000 over a new Miata :)

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    theoriginalgompersIl y a 4 heures

    My truck weighs almost 3x that car and has the same 0-60 time lmao

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    TheManny1952Il y a 4 heures

    You as re correct about the 9 SPDR trans..I have a 2018 GLE43 AMG with v6 biturbo no ISG. The drivers assist I do not have that over n under steering but it wants to exit the highway on it's own and then sees going the wrong way and corrects itself very disconcerting. Transmission shifting is figgity. I do have 385 hp and 384 fps. She moves

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    Wesley FurnishIl y a 4 heures

    I prefer to have a mix of horsepower and torque. Without torque horsepower is useless and vice versa.

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    InstealerIl y a 4 heures

    Kinda want a miata now

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    Reiner BarbosaIl y a 5 heures

    Miata, the quintessential modern kansei dorifto machine.

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    Eric KIl y a 5 heures

    " hoping that one day, eventually VTEC will kick in..." Oh damn... I laughed so loud I scared people ... thank you. I needed that **edited because autoderp**

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    Bill KongIl y a 5 heures

    Not better than a bike

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    Jeff DoellIl y a 5 heures

    I agree 100%. You only need heaps of horsepower to overcome air resistance at high speeds. You have more fun at realistic speeds in a light car. Power to weight ratio is also important

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    OrozconlecheIl y a 5 heures

    There’s a difference between driving a low weight miata at 7,500k miata at all times than a corvette at V8 at 3,000k at same speeds

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    OrozconlecheIl y a 5 heures

    You will never know the difference unless you drive a low weight miata top red line at it’s peak

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    lebordeIl y a 5 heures

    Metric units…

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    blubb9004Il y a 5 heures

    7:56 But I'm not done yet!

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    Pavel FilippovIl y a 5 heures

    Doesn't understand anything in shoots per school *Angry European noises*

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    Wiryan TirtarahardjaIl y a 6 heures

    So if I tldr summarize this: It has a clutch on either side of the diff housing for each wheel. The clutches can essentially cut off power to one side thus essentially bypassing the diff housing altogether when needed? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Jared YoungIl y a 6 heures

    I'm holding out for FOUR awesomes.

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    Quentin FreemanIl y a 6 heures

    Oh I can reach top speed alright lol

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    rahul kumarIl y a 6 heures

    Do zombies poop?

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    Matt ClarkIl y a 6 heures

    More acceleration is more fun. Acceleration is defined by (dynamic) horsepower and weight. Higher peak horsepower cars have a potential to accelerate faster than low horsepower cars.

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    Filip CvejicIl y a 6 heures

    Can we get some kilograms next time for us normal people? At least like on the screen

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    Gabriele PiccoliIl y a 6 heures

    You live in a beautiful place for a car lover. Almost no traffic in beautiful countryside roads! Here in Italy it's almost impossible to drive for 15 minutes without seeing no other one!

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    The Moto fixeryIl y a 6 heures

    I love Toyota!

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    Zap RousdowerIl y a 6 heures

    Jason likes jerk 😐

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    jonathanpeterson1Il y a 6 heures

    VW GTI had a similar approach as a hot hatch. They are pretty heavy now since adding more creature comforts. Still a car that prioritized driving enjoyment over raw power, even as competitors starting adding more and more power. 200-250 hp is plenty for daily use, at least in smaller vehicles with any sportiness.

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    WeeManXLIl y a 6 heures

    I also was thinking about switching from 18 inch to 17 inch for I really feel the difference in mass when I switch from my 16 inch winter tires to the 18 inches in the summer. Weight difference is about 4kg (equals GTFO pounds) per wheel assembled, in comparison to the 17 inch wheels it's only about 1,5kg. The bigger the better doesn't tell the whole story. Ride quality should get better though, but is heavily dependent on your suspension and its property's.

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    skasevIl y a 6 heures

    Longest paid presentation evaar. I’ll take 2!

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    xXx_MlgTr1kSh00ter _XxIl y a 6 heures

    And maybe since this engine isn't DOHC / OHC the engine sound is quieter than most sports V8s

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    Tam NguyenIl y a 7 heures

    Miata is the answer

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    ProSTEEL RAINIl y a 7 heures

    I'll take reliability over anything else... As long as it's got enough power.

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    mrtopcat2Il y a 7 heures

    Very nice, but I was missing 2x items from the electric calculation model. - self discharge rate of the batteries over time (may be significant in not used frequently) - energy needed to heat the interior of the vehicle (repeated winter short trips)

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    Isaak WelchIl y a 7 heures

    I'm slightly confused. If lean burning creates less heat than why does leaning out melt pistons?

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    Isaak WelchIl y a 7 heures

    Their lean combustion reminds me of Honda's CVCC from the 70s. Hopefully it works better!

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    matsv201Il y a 7 heures

    The wear number is quite clearly converted from parts of an inch. IN the conversion to many significant numbers was left, making it look like the numbers are more exact then they really are

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    Joe FridayIl y a 7 heures

    I was 9mph shy of hitting top speed in my Type R on the interstate. I imagine 160 to 169mph would have taken me quite a while.

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    L3G3NDARYSNIP3RIl y a 7 heures

    You may not need horsepower to have fun, but all of the reasons you listed are very subjective. There’s a reason why people care about horsepower. Low horsepower cars can be fun on windy/twisty roads, but how many of us drive on twisty roads often? Most of the fun I have with cars occurs during a test of power between me and 1 or more cars, not from 0mph. Roll racing, highway racing, etc, is very common for a large portion of car enthusiasts. Perhaps it’s the most common form of fun in areas with straight roads (basically everywhere in the US). Therefore everything you said becomes irrelevant for most of us. We care about hp because it matters. As far as I know, everyone around me and most in the United States roll race on the street to speeds of 140+. And even if you’re not racing formally but just messing around with a random person on the highway, with every interaction I get into, horsepower:weight is the most important factor.

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    Camrin BellIl y a 7 heures

    So how do I get hydrogen? Oh that's right I burn fossil fuels so there's your carbon footprint showing up again

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    Douglas KurodaIl y a 7 heures

    Is it worth dirtier air in your engine for no real world gain?

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    Michael DingdingIl y a 7 heures

    Left foot gets rid of turbo lag. Turbo lag is the excuse of a man child.

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    DORU HUMIl y a 7 heures

    What we want ? Quick response !!, when we want it ??, NOW, NOW🤣

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    James HolbrookIl y a 7 heures

    Is a leaf that fas or is your superchargered s2000 just suck that hard

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    Pawer8Il y a 7 heures

    So it cant go down a 45deg?

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    CYanideUK1Il y a 7 heures

    I know so many people who could learn so much from these videos but unfortunately they're too stubborn to listen and would rather deny this, and believe the memes and posts on Facebook purely stating that EVs are more polluting and inefficient than ICE vehicles through their life cycle. I have no idea what incentive they have to deny research and calculations like this, except that people hate change. All we can do is wait for the younger generations to out number them... Keep up the good fight

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    James HolbrookIl y a 7 heures

    I mean I mostly prefer torque it is a better number to me

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    Jayden JacksonIl y a 7 heures


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    foreshadow20Il y a 7 heures

    The Miata would sell a lot more if it had an acceleration (0-100) in the low to mid 5s instead of the mid 6s. I heard they could use better tires when sold new.

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    Jayden JacksonIl y a 7 heures

    Manual transmissions are better than automatic transmissions because they allow you to select your gear and they won't go through every single gear in order.and I love old cars if you crash a new car into a old car the old car will hold up better because new cars are made with non metal and old cars are made with metal

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    AmIl y a 7 heures

    wondering where those 1.2 mms could go on the LF. even the 2 doors are not the same size

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    donald pIl y a 8 heures

    You got that right son, its not 1968 anymore.

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    SamueloIl y a 8 heures

    I want a type-R. I currently drive an ecoboost mustang but I been looking into the type-r recently after I finish paying the ecoboost. Going to be hard for me to get one and I may have to travel far lol. Type R is such a good handling car for the regular streets

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    foreshadow20Il y a 8 heures

    I would have thought that the Miata required the shifter to be in neutral position when parked. Most sports cars manuals require it to be in Neutral when parked.

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    James GordonIl y a 8 heures

    Case in point, the C8 'Vette has hit 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with under 500 horse power.

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    Joshua NicolaiIl y a 8 heures

    I mean my b16 civic is all about top end but if I launch at 5600rpm I have that power.

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    Josh DobsonIl y a 8 heures

    08 fit......2700 lbs,with a little work 130 hp forgotten gem!

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    Frank The PussyfooterIl y a 8 heures

    When getting an alignment is it possible to have even tire wear and drive straight but Caster be off? If so, how would you know?

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    Kevin SmithIl y a 8 heures

    You can do alot with a little

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    hemant vasudeoIl y a 8 heures

    As the position of crenk shelnot be fixed and thus how can we fix the flywheel and clutch.....?

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    Koala BearIl y a 8 heures

    That Mazda looks nice

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    Snow CrestIl y a 8 heures

    We should all be driving Go-Karts.

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    Sphinx 10Il y a 8 heures

    Horse power RULES good video tho

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    jhninkinIl y a 8 heures

    aren't most of his points more relevant when talking about torque not horsepower?

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    willem baaijIl y a 8 heures

    You forgot the lotus elise! It’s lighter faster and more fun to drive.

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    MarvinIl y a 8 heures

    I have a solution for you: Multi-Turbocharged cars. I have a TriTurbo in my car and it is a Diesel engine.

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    Otto is not My real NameIl y a 9 heures

    Horse power IS overrated, they don't have any horns. They can't even stop humans from jumping on their backs! But I'd rather ride a motorcycle, easier to keep it in the garage.

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    Greg DimasIl y a 9 heures

    Oh my God that Lexus V8 sound fantastic!

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    Gavin LaMotteIl y a 9 heures

    Gentlemen drive standard

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    plain JIl y a 9 heures

    After this vid, I will only look at the weight but nothing else.

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    Surya ChakrabartiIl y a 9 heures

    overhead valves?

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    cristian .perteIl y a 9 heures

    i would give you 100 thumbs up if i could.Hp, like any other tuning thing , is all marketing to steal your money. Big money .Its all distraction and wasted energy from real good things , and whatever is important in your life. I was a tuner myself , I made 4 racing cars and now i am happy with a 100 hp Hyundai .and when i want adrenaline I go skydiving or so , is way cheaper.anyway did you figure out that you pay double the price of the car when you count 7 years of feeding it with gas ?

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    Michael BertaIl y a 9 heures

    Would love to know the difference in efficiency between the 18s and 20s. Thinking about putting 20s on my LR RWD just for aesthetics but don't want to screw up the range too much for road trips and such.

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    Alfred LongtinIl y a 9 heures

    When your math teacher suddenly becomes the coolest guy you ever met :-)

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    MUDGELIl y a 9 heures

    Well produced and researched as always. Very informative. Thanks

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    MingIl y a 9 heures

    I was about to buy a Lamborghini but you killed the thrill. Thanks man

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    Dan RIl y a 9 heures

    O K you got me with 1953 (I am a 1954 model)

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    03 Bodied StepsideIl y a 9 heures

    So the new rams come with helper bags from factory?

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    Jason9AvilaIl y a 9 heures

    This channel inspires me to finish my degree in ME.

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    JimmyIl y a 9 heures

    lol at Jason pretending to get pushed back in his seat from the miata's acceleration.

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    Dodi JamianIl y a 9 heures

    Totally agree...but unfortunately some people's definition of "FUN" is driving hazardous tire shredding totally uncontrollable wheel spinning pedestrian killing death trap...

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    AllenwrenchIl y a 9 heures

    Every time I get service on my very old NA German car they give me one of their 'newer' Turbo cars or SUV's - these loaners are universally Crap. When my NA car becomes a weekend fun toy, I'll get a Tesla as a'd be insane not to........

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    von HabsburgIl y a 9 heures

    Just supercharge a Miata then?

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    Zach DurocherIl y a 9 heures

    "only 470hp" EE - 2019

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    Glenn E QualityIl y a 9 heures

    This is the 1st video that I've seen that had praise for the CVT.

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    banstamanIl y a 9 heures

    It's true horsepower is only part of the equation. In today's cars unfortunately, manufacturers get so lost and tangled up in horsepower and the suspensions and chassis no longer provide the fun they once used to. A 180 HP car with good, double wishbone suspension and communicative steering is better to me than a 400 HP car that feels heavy and dull.

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    McGeeIl y a 9 heures

    AEM Engine Management, Launch control, Traction Control. That little Honda of yours will rip from a grip. Problem solved.

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    Wyndham CoffmanIl y a 10 heures

    I agree that horsepower is overrated; mechanical Kilowatts is far easier to understand. It is equal to Kilojoules per second.

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    Ryan ScherblukIl y a 10 heures

    My cars only got 170 horsepower do I care not really I like the car and all that maters too me.

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    wvadamIl y a 10 heures

    Did they say if they simulate 20,000 hwy miles or city/hwy mix ?

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    InfovestIl y a 10 heures

    My neighbor's kid has one of them Miata cars. He's still a douche. Point blank.

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    Edward CabanissIl y a 10 heures

    Where were you driving when you shot this video? That looks like an awesome drive!

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    Benjamin NoelIl y a 10 heures

    Definitely miss my 2006 supercharged Lotus Elise. 2000lbs lots of gusto through the revs May have to look at the Miata. 6’2” guy.

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    bobspurlocIl y a 10 heures

    The Porsche Taycan Turbo doesn't have a Turbo. It's electric, they just say Turbo because they can. Unless u meant to say "Putting it on the NAME" to distract from its weight

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    LowstressedIl y a 10 heures

    What Make A Car Fun?? VRRROOOOOOOM (tiss) WOOTWOOTwootootootsh

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    Philip ObergIl y a 10 heures

    The old saying ... 'it's not how fast you get going, it's how you get going fast...

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    Word LifeIl y a 10 heures

    Cost of repair for the air suspe sions at this time is real expensive. Great while under warranty, but once that's over, good luck.

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    Brian BurchIl y a 10 heures

    I had to stop watching this video. Stop lying bro. I've driven both and an S2000 and a leaf and there's no way in h*** that a leaf is faster than an 2000 stock. And he was making mention of his S2000 putting 270hp to the wheels which means he has to be putting down at least 300 to the crank, I'm calling bull.... He either does not know how to drive or he built his car the wrong way but in a drag race that should never happen. (Faster 0-60) Show me the video an then I'll believe you. S2K 0-60 4.9 LEAF 0-60 6.5

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    Sean QuinnIl y a 10 heures

    trump pimps miata...1 of paul newmans

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    VeniVidiViciIl y a 10 heures

    Real world application nullify just about everything said in this video.

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    Joshua BynumIl y a 10 heures

    I’ve owned a 2013 Chevy Cruze and hit its top speed at 125 I now own a E92 M3 and hit it’s top speed about 170. I live in Texas if that means a bit. Lol

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    SY1WEKIl y a 10 heures

    perfectly explained! thank you

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    Hank RepkeIl y a 10 heures

    Another interesting thing pertaining to horsepower and electric propelled vehicles. The way they rate hp from a ICE (internal combustion engine) and how they rate electric motor are completely different. An ICE is rated using a dynometer and they run it up to a certain point and peak hp is what they use for rating. Electric motors are rated by how much power they can output constantly over an hour or so without overheating. So long story short this gives you a smaller number than what their actual peak hp is. Why they do it this way i have no idea.

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    CJIl y a 10 heures

    As fun as that Miata is, you gotta admit it'd be even more fun with a little turbo 😉.