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whats the diff between a inline, V, and rotary engine? sorry if its a stupid question, just bored and things come to my head, and is it true that a rotary is stronger/faster??? than a inline or V?


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Inline engines have just one line of pistons. V engines have two different lines of pistons arranged in a v relative to each other. Rotary engines have no pistons, but rather have a triangle-ish thing inside of a rounder housing. Rotaries are interesting for a number of reasons; one can get equal power out of less displacement. They also tend to be very high-revving, which is cool. The downside is that it's hard to produce a lot of torque with them.



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Seems like you will be interested in the following readings:

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/engine.htm

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/rotary-engine.htm

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Seems like you will be interested in the following readings:

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/engine.htm

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/rotary-engine.htm
howstuffworks ftw.

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continue on. from the little i understand about the complexity of rotary engines as mentioned before, red-lining the engine is your new best friend while torque is what you sacrifice.

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Seems like you will be interested in the following readings:

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/engine.htm

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/rotary-engine.htm
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