7 Great Mechanical Engineering Videos for Car Enthusiasts

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Christopher McFadden
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For those among you who love everything about cars and engineering, these seven car engineering-related videos will be right up your street. In this list, we have included footage from both old and new automotive engineering innovations throughout the ages.

These are but a sampling of the many great videos and GIFs about mechanical engineering on the net. Get out there and find your favorite!


What does a car engineer do?

Car engineers, or more correctly automotive engineers or mechanical engineers, are vitally important for the development of new passenger cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles. They help design brand-new vehicles and/or modify the engineering design of existing models.

They are also integral to the testing and troubleshooting processes of any engineering project. Car engineers are, quite simply, the brains behind taking a vehicle from concept to reality.

How much money does a car engineer make a year?

Like any profession, your annual income as an automotive engineer will probably depend entirely on your level of experience, your negotiating skills, and your location. 

According to sites like owlguru.com, automotive engineers can make a decent amount of cash.

"Entry-level Automotive Engineers who starts out at $67,070 can expect to make $84,190 after 3-5 years of experience in the field. The bottom 10% makes less than $26.160 per hour while the top 10% makes over $63.150 per hour. While the median wage is $84,190 per annum or $40.480 per hour." - owlguru.com

Are Automotive Engineers in demand?

As it turns out, according to some sources, automotive engineers are, indeed, currently in demand. In fact, the industry is projected to grow by almost 10% by 2026. 

"Automotive engineers, also known as mechanical engineers, are projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026. This is a little slower than the average for most occupations. The need for design on the next generation of vehicles such as electric cars and vehicle systems will keep the career in demand." - dakogroup.com

What are some interesting GIFs and videos about car engineering?

So, without further ado, here are some interesting GIFS and videos of the inner-workings of some cars. Trust us when we say this list is in no particular order and is not exhaustive.

1. This video of the workings of an electric window is fascinating

Car window from r/mechanical_gifs

This amazing video of the inner mechanics of an electric window is really interesting to watch. Normally tucked out of sight, if you have ever wondered how they work this video should give you a good idea.

Once the epitome of luxury, electric windows are now standard features in most cars. For those who remember older crank windows, the introduction of electrical ones was a truely convenient addition -- especially when trying to open a passenger-side seat window!

But being partly electrical they can break down which can be a real pain. Thankfully fault finding and repair of them are relatively straightforward. 

2. Check out the mechanical "bionic" flaps on this Mercedes Vision AVTR!

Mechanical Bionic Flaps On Mercedes Vision AVTR Can Sense And Respond When You Brake or Swerve or, Go Gentle Around the Corners from r/mechanical_gifs

The Mercedes Vision AVTR concept car was recently unveiled at the 2020 CES. One of its standout features is the car's amazing mechanical bionic flaps!

These amazing flaps are able to sense and respond when the car brakes or swerves. 

"The design, what Mercedes calls “inside-out”, is as organic as you expect an Avatar to be, right down to its scaly back, reinforcing the impression this is a living creature. Those reptilian-like scales are actually 33 "bionic flaps" which communicate between the driver and the outside world through what the people behind the Mercedes AV TR says are “naturally flowing subtle gestures”. - goodwood.com

The car has many other interesting new features including its "crab movement" ability. The front and rear axles can act independently allowing an approximate 30-degree sideways movement. 

3. Check out this BMW seat belt delivery system

BMW Seat Belt Delivery System from r/mechanical_gifs

Modern cars are full of convenient features, but this seat belt delivery system in a BMW might be taking the concept a little too far. While it can be a pain to twist around to grab that just-out-of-reach seat belt, it is hardly a highly laborious task.

That being said, the engineers at BMW decided to give drivers a helping hand. To be fair it is a really smooth and effective solution to a problem that no one probably ever complained about.

Handy, but we wonder how long it would take for this feature to break down?

4. We wonder, why this "pedestrian catcher" never caught on?

Pedestrian Catcher In 1920s from r/mechanical_gifs

This incredible footage from the 1920s shows an innovative device to help protect pedestrians from being hit by cars. For anyone unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, this device saves their lives in style.

The first of these kinds of devices were introduced in Germany in the late 1920s. But these were always-open net-like structures fixed to the front of the car. 

For this reason, they had one serious shortcoming -- they restricted the driver's forward vision. Several years later, British engineers developed a deployable alternative seen in the footage above. 

They were deployed by flicking a lever next to the steering wheel. However, as we know today, these devices appear to have never really caught on. 

5. This multi-tasking mechanic's chair looks fun!

This looks fun from r/mechanical_gifs

This multi-tasking car mechanic's chair looks like a lot of fun to use! Being incredibly versatile, this chair will really make a mechanic's or automotive engineer's job much easier.

Developed by a company called Human Hoist, their signature chairs are described as "Personal Positioning Technology." These chairs are an ideal addition to any car mechanic's workshop.

"Human Hoist supports the body and prevents both acute [injuries] as well as long term cumulative trauma to joints and soft tissue. Human Hoist raises ergonomics to a new level." - Human Hoist

6. This animation of a floating axle is mesmerizing

This now-famous animation of the workings of a floating axle is really interesting to watch. The video was made in the mid-1930s to explain the workings of Chevrolet's latest innovation in axle-technology.

It was originally intended as a form of advertising but has since become an invaluable insight into the hidden inner workings of this great piece of engineering. 

7. This video of ceramic brakes being tested is fascinating

Carbon Ceramic Brake Testing from r/mechanical_gifs

And lastly, but by no means least, this footage of carbon-ceramic brakes being testing is incredible to watch. Technically speaking, this video shows how the Bugatti Chiron's 3D printed calipers are put through their paces.

"Bugatti currently uses the most powerful brakes in the world on the new Chiron. The brake calipers were an entirely new development. They are forged from a block of high-strength aluminum alloy. With eight titanium pistons on each of the front calipers and six on each of the rear units, these are also the largest brake calipers currently installed on a production vehicle." - Bugatti 

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