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The Ultimate Automotive Physics Quiz

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The Ultimate Automotive Physics Quiz

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Don’t be intimidated by this quiz if you don’t can’t tell a carburetor from an alternator. Take it and learn a little something about what’s going on under the hood of your car.

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Almost all cars convert gasoline into motion with a _____-stroke combustion cycle.

2 / 20

In a multi-cylinder car engine, what are the three ways in which the cylinders can be arranged?

3 / 20

The “big three” engine problems are lack of spark, lack of compression and ________.

4 / 20

Why do you need to keep proper oil levels in your car?

5 / 20

What’s one component a gasoline engine has that a diesel engine doesn’t?

6 / 20

What’s the system that opens and closes a car’s valves?

7 / 20

What are the two components of a car’s cooling system?

8 / 20

What engine component is absent in a fuel-injected car?

9 / 20

The catalytic converter is part of which engine system?

10 / 20

The three most important factors in car aerodynamics are drag, lift and __________.

11 / 20

As an object accelerates, its velocity and drag …

12 / 20

What happens when a car’s drag is equal to its weight?

13 / 20

Car designers use this information to figure out a car’s drag coefficient. The lower the drag coefficient, the ___________ a car is.

14 / 20

What’s the drag coefficient of most cars today?

15 / 20

What’s the drag coefficient of most SUVs and pickup trucks?

16 / 20

Decreasing a car’s drag coefficient by .01 can result in how much of an increase in fuel economy?

17 / 20

What’s the drag coefficient of the Toyota Prius?

18 / 20

In the 1930s, Chrysler introduced a car that made major improvements in aerodynamics. What was it called?

19 / 20

Car designers used to use wind tunnels to test aerodynamics, but now they generally utilize _________.

20 / 20

A typical Formula One racecar has a drag coefficient of .7 — so how does it go so fast?

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