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Engines revealed: power and beauty under the bonnet

Read Cars Logo By David Finlay of Read Cars | Slide 1 of 25: Most people don’t give engines much thought, and there’s no reason why they should. All an engine is required to do is provide enough power to drive the car, certainly reliably and preferably without using too much fuel or making too much noise. As long as it can achieve this, you can reasonably ignore it.But they are fascinating things. The way they can convert fuel into energy which is then transferred to the wheels by way of innumerable gears and shafts is almost magical and, if you’re in the right mood, beautiful.In well over a century, thousands upon thousands of engines have been designed and built. Some have been so successful that they have found their way into an enormous variety of cars over anything from a few years to many decades. Here we take a look at some of the most celebrated, many of which could be described as classics.

Engines revealed: power and beauty under the bonnet

Most people don’t give engines much thought, and there’s no reason why they should.

All an engine is required to do is provide enough power to drive the car, certainly reliably and preferably without using too much fuel or making too much noise. As long as it can achieve this, you can reasonably ignore it.

But they are fascinating things. The way they can convert fuel into energy which is then transferred to the wheels by way of innumerable gears and shafts is almost magical and, if you’re in the right mood, beautiful.

In well over a century, thousands upon thousands of engines have been designed and built. Some have been so successful that they have found their way into an enormous variety of cars over anything from a few years to many decades.

Here we take a look at some of the most celebrated, many of which could be described as classics.

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