So many wonderful buttons!
Remember when designing anything: users will find the most efficient way to use your product, even if it’s not how you intended.
Test your product by pretending you have no time to deal with it.
I’m going to begin a series of explanatory pieces on how stuff works. This one is about turbocharged engines. I’m sure there are many tutorials on the internet, but this one aims to be as simple as possible, aimed at everyday non-technical audiences with plain language as briefly as possible.
What does “turbo” and “turbocharged” mean? What’s a turbocharger and why are they so awesome?
A turbocharger is a contraption that helps an engine produce more energy. In an automotive engine, that means the car will be able to accelerate faster when its engine is equipped with a turbocharger.
The “Si” ( originally indicating “Sport injected”) is a trim of the Civic line from Honda. It’s Honda’s designation that the vehicle has upgraded performance characteristics compared to the other trims (LX, DX, EX, etc.). They often had different, more powerful engines installed from the factory, along with stiffer suspension and different tires for improved handling. The Si model followed the same body designs and general engineering as the other Civic models. This article summarizes the Si’s heritage and reviews the changes over the years.
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
The unseen design aesthetic of Apple’s Macbook. Beautiful inside:
Even if you’re not a gear-head, perhaps you can enjoy the aesthetic quality of these engines. These are machines designed to convert the oxygen in air and mixed-in fuel into rotational power. Most people don’t see their engines very often, but I find some of them to be strikingly beautiful, as if some consideration for style must have been considered in their design.
Honda B18C5 1.8L DOHC found in the 1997 – 2001 Acura Integra Type-R.
Same B18C5 engine as above, cleanly installed in a lightweight 1988-191 Honda CRX chassis.
Honda’s newer K-series, 2.0L.
Twin-turbo General Motors LS-series V8 built by CM Racing in a Chevrolet Corvette chassis.