By: Mike Mueller .
At the heart of every great car, there lies a great engine. The high-performance muscle car; the fuel-frugal family car; the high-speed race car: No matter the vintage or voltage, the torque or the task, the car with the power to move Americans—and the world—boasts an engine of remarkable ingenuity, dependability, and power. American Horsepower: 100 Years of Great Car Engines pays tribute to 25 classic American-made engines valued for their raw horsepower or their design simplicity, their longevity or their design innovation—or, in rare instances, all of the above. Bringing an auto enthusiast's touch to the subject, author and photographer
Mike Mueller details each engine's conception, creators, specifications, performance records, and more. His knowledgeable, entertaining text, accompanied by historical images and studio-quality photographs, conveys with precision and unfailing interest the driving power of America's greatest engines.
Fresh, exciting engines are everywhere you look today, and out-of-this-world experiments just keep coming, too. Nowadays, all vehicles are electronically injected, and many feature overhead cams and aluminum construction. But some carryovers remain. Chrysler recently revived its Hemi V-8, and Cadillac showed off a new V-16 concept—both engines proving without a doubt that everything old can be new again.
This book profiles 25 great American engines. From Henry Ford's simple four-cylinder to Chrysler's legendary Hemi V-8, American Horsepower: 100 Years of Great Car Engines traces the evolution of America's automotive fascination and the underlying appeal of our favorite cars—horsepower.