You know how cars work, right? You insert the ignition key, turn it, uh… magic happens, and it starts moving. Well, it’s not exactly magic, but it is quite amazing when you have a look at it.
There is a lot to be said about how important cars are in our society, and the difference the invention of the car engine has meant to science and technological progress. They show up in fiction like something to aspire to, and even though we don't always live up to the concept, a lot of the times just the ideas they gave the general population bring new innovations. New concepts and technologies are developed, which in turn, helps change and shape the rest of modern life.
This infographic is an amazing representation of how a car engine works, and how all the elements we associate with combustion (fuel, air, and a spark) work together in order to create motion that will help your car to propel forward, or back—if that’s where you’re going!
The fact that at the heart of such a significant element of society there's just a 4-step process seems profound in a way. So have a look at it!
I have to admit, I really don’t care much about cars in general, but if the previous reasons weren't enough, it doesn’t hurt to learn some of the components under your car’s hood. That way you can stop pretending you know what your car mechanic is talking about when you take it to service.