Inflating Balloons With An Exhaust - How Much Air Do Cars Use?

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on 11/17/2021

When you think about how an engine works, essentially, it’s just one giant air pump trying to get air in and out as quickly as possible in order to create real power and torque to get your car moving in the right direction, converting combustion into results.

While this might be a base level concepts that most of us understand, it can really be tough to visualize just how much air an engine is really displacing. Because you can’t physically see the air going into the intake or coming out of the exhaust, how much of it is really flowing through the system?

For questions like that we turn to Engineering Explained, the YouTube channel that takes concepts in our world of cars and breaks them down so that they can be a little bit easier to understand because let’s face it, we don’t all have a vast expanse of knowledge in the engineering field, after all.

With the help of his handy-dandy Honda S2000 and a couple of balloons, we get the opportunity, from our host, to get the lowdown on exactly how much air is being processed in terms of how quickly said air would be sucked out of a two car garage. You have to admit that this explanation really makes the concept a lot more understandable.