Matt Kimberley profile picture Matt Kimberley a year ago 8

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Engine Blocks

This handy video takes a simple engine block and explains everything from what they’re for, how they’re made and the fascinating minutiae of how they work

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Engine blocks are often the forgotten heroes of internal combustion. People focus on camshafts, pistons, forced induction, air intakes and even cylinder heads before thinking about the poor old block.

But there’s a lot more to the humble block than meets the eye. The myriad fine points of their design make for a fascinating lesson. Sit back and enjoy an impressively simplified take from YouTube channel How a Car Works on the genius of how an engine block works.