Why are carbon-ceramic brakes so expensive?

Carbon-ceramic brakes can substantially improve performance, but they’re also a lot more expensive than conventional brakes. This Engineering Explained video dives into why carbon-ceramic brakes are so expensive, and whether they’re worth the extra cost. Note that the video is sponsored by Brembo, a major manufacturer of both carbon-ceramic and conventional brakes, and the company’s …

Deep dive: 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 V-8 features most powerful naturally aspirated production V-8 ever

The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 debuted earlier this week with some impressive features, including the most powerful naturally aspirated production V-8 ever. Engineering Explained host Jason Fenske provides a deep dive into this 5.5-liter V-8, and compares it to the old Z06’s supercharged engine. Code-named LT6, the C8 Z06 engine produces 670 hp at 8,400 …

Why MPG is a dumb unit for fuel economy

Miles per gallon—mpg—is the default measure of gas mileage in the United States, but it may not be the best one, argues “Engineering Explained” host Jason Fenske. Here’s why he’d rather see a different unit of measurement for fuel economy. Fenske doesn’t have a problem with the individual units—the mile and the gallon—but says something …