Watch: Exactly How an LS V8 Works

Working with a 3D printed V8, Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained gives you a very thorough breakdown of exactly what happens when a Chevy V8 fires up.

Starting with the individual piston’s operation, building to the firing order, and then to the cam and crank shafts from there, Fenske covers the operation of one of, if not the most legendary engine out there.

It’s not exactly new information—I imagine most of you already know all of this—but it does at least give you a holistic picture of just why the engine is so enduring and lovable.

Smooth, powerful, and compact, the engine checks a lot of boxes and when it’s broken down like this it even seems pretty simple. We also need one of these magnetized V8s on our desk pretty desperately.

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