Taking a look at the nuts and bolts of a race car engine

When you think of a racing car, the first thing that comes to your mind is the powerful and noisy engines that are a common characteristic on all these speeding cars. What you don’t know is that most of these engines are modified. They’re nothing close to the usual engines of the ordinary cars. Let’s delve deeper and know more about these racing car engines.

The racing cars are upgraded at the auto body shops that perform various modifications, for example, they install new suspension, transmission systems, and aerodynamics. The reason why most racing cars are faster than the ordinary cars is because of the multiple Motorsport and fast road applications upgrades.

The cooling systems of these engines are also upgraded because of the immense heat that they produce. The exhaust systems of these cars are interconnected with the engine. The loud sound that the racing cars produce is because of the power and performance of the car. Needless to say, there’s a lot of nuts and bolts that go into an engine.  The racing cars, in particular, do not use mufflers because they add onto the weight of the vehicle and might make it slow. The engine is also turbocharged. What’s more, some of the racing car engines are modified to use airplane fuel that combust much quicker and makes the cars very fast.

When it comes to maintenance of the racing car engines, there are some common procedures that are always done, for instance tightening of nuts and bolts, regularly lubricating the engine parts using oils among others.

There are various types of racing car engines today, but the number is growing significantly with technological advancements such as hybrids and electronic cars. The difference comes in the engine horsepower and the layout too. For example, we have Straight, W Type, V Type, Rotary Diesel and Hybrid. Below is a detailed review of some of the engine layouts:

Straight; In this one, the inline engines have the cylinders arranged in a straight line one after the other. They are about five or six. It is a bit inferior regarding durability.
V type; This has two rows of a cylinder at a ninety-degree angle to each other. This layout offers rigidity, and the heavy crankshaft makes it stable. I the racing cars, the engine is put as low as possible to the floor to increase the car handling characteristics.
Rotary engine; This one uses rotors instead of pistons. It is relatively smaller, and for this reasons, it is not preferred for the racing cars. A workaround on this is to use turbocharging to increase its performance.

In conclusion, the various car racing engines have variances in some specific areas. It is thus vital that you know the limitations of each and how to get a workaround for them to ensure you get the best performance of your racing car.