Nissan VQ Engine - The Science Explained

14. Srp 2020.
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Just like the Chevy LS1, the Nissan VQ engine is a cheap, reliable way to make a bunch of power. This engine is also extremely versatile, which is why it’s found in a bunch of different Nissan models. It’s one of the reasons we bought two identical 350zs a while ago. You can tune ‘em, hoon ‘em, and boom them - and nothing matters, such is life. Now there are various VQ models but we're gonna focus on the VQ35HR, or “High Rev” cuz it’s the creme de la creme of VQs. This updated version of the VQ35DE is almost completely redesigned, with 80% of the internals being strengthened and reconfigured to handle a higher rev range. Other iconic engines like the 2JZ or RB26 might be able to handle more power and more compression, but the VQ35HR holds a little baby secret: it’s lighter than all of them. It's time for some B2B Engineering on the Nissan VQ.
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    Gary StumpGary StumpPrije 2 dana
  • You guys lost me at smooth. 5+ year owner of a 370Z, and it is one of the most coarse engines I've experienced lol. And no, nothing is damaged or wrong with mine 😉 ALSO, yes I understand it's a different VQ, but still, a VQ.

    Gregory MarshGregory MarshPrije 2 dana
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  • God... you just got so much wrong with that secondary engine imbalance description. Good illustrations but damn, that was the worst description of secondary imbalance I've ever heard. But no hate, it is complex stuff. I know your heart is in the right place. First, you are right about how counterweights make side to side motion for the engine. But those are unrelated to secondary imbalance. Secondary forces go back and forth twice as often as primary forces. That's why balance shafts are geared to spin twice the speed of the crank. The piston does go faster at the top of the cylinder, and that is the cause of secondary imbalance in something like an inline 4. But the better way to think about it is that the piston spends more time below the halfway point in its stroke than it does above it. Since the engine is in primary balance, the piston has another piston that goes up and down opposite of it. But since the piston is moving down more of the time than it's opposite piston is moving up, The primary balance of the pistons is imperfect. It's not a perfect sine wave, so they don't cancel out, there are remaining vibrations because there's more under the curve than over it. Inline sixes have a method of primary balance that creates no secondary imbalance from the pistons.

    Max GoldbergMax GoldbergPrije 4 dana
    • Oh dear God. I'm bailing. The pistons do not fire together like that in an inline six. FFS this is ridiculous. When the piston fires is irrelevant. It doesn't fire every time it comes up unless it's a 2 stroke engine. The cylinders fire in the order 153624. That jumps back and forth across the engine, not firing at the same time. "you should start a school". The actual fuck? You're just lying to people who don't know any better. This stuff is easy to learn from Wikipedia, you could have just read the Wikipedia page in monotone and made a better video. I'm sorry. I'm out. This is hurting me to watch. If you ask me, you have a journalistic duty to report on how flawed the descriptions are here.

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  • Love my FX35. That engine is a gem.

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  • Wait, I’m a mechanic and that whole thing with the piston moving faster on the top 90° rotation only makes no sense. Yeah, the piston move linearly faster in an arc of rotation, but the point which it moves faster linearly in the [relative] vertical direction will be in the middle stroke area, such as between 30° and 150°. The piston rod-piston mechanism, when connected to a flywheel (for easier visualization. It works the exact same way for a crankshaft because the crankshaft doesn’t move in an elliptical motion), causes the piston to move downwards and upwards slower as it approaches and leaves the 0° and 180° positions, because the piston rod it not pushing the piston upwards or downwards as much and instead the rod in turning horizontally as it goes around the flywheel. Then, when the rod reaches 180° rotation/top dead center, the rod now will gradually move less horizontally and move vertically as the arc of rotation approaches 270° where it maxes out in vertical speed. The only scenario where the video is at least kind of correct is if the crankshaft spot that the piston rod connects to is rotating off center to the center of rotation of a normal crankshaft, which has never been done and is extremely complicated if attempted.

    KewloshKewloshPrije 6 dana
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    KAKEKAKEPrije 8 dana
    • @KAKE no i know, I was confused why you mentioned q50s when gs did it first lol

      Joe CarsellaJoe CarsellaPrije 7 dana
    • @Joe Carsella they do, i own a 03 g35 sedan and 2014 q50

      KAKEKAKEPrije 7 dana
    • Because g35s didn't offer a sedan? I'm confused

      Joe CarsellaJoe CarsellaPrije 7 dana
  • The down side is the "Great" MPG they get for such small displacement

    IeakiIeakiPrije 9 dana
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    Oliver RosenkrantzOliver RosenkrantzPrije 11 dana
  • Engineering Explained would approve.

    azagedonazagedonPrije 11 dana
  • 2 HRworld ads and 2 minutes later still waiting for the show

    Jesvin VargheseJesvin VarghesePrije 12 dana
  • The piston does not travel farther on the top of the crank rotation vs the bottom. This is completely inaccurate.

    Phil HarryPhil HarryPrije 13 dana
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  • Too bad they burn oil and have timing chain issues. Otherwise it would be an average motor.

    Matt WMatt WPrije 14 dana
  • My g knocks for like 3 seconds on startup but never when driving. Anyone else have that problem?

    Rick LossRick LossPrije 15 dana
    • Yep my maxima does this

      Bryan FishBryan FishPrije 14 dana
  • VQ35DE Gang cause I couldn't afford an HR lol

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  • this engen come in the infiniti fx35 2008 ???

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  • Track ID anyone ?

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  • IF you want cheap, powerful, and reliable you get an old US V8 or big-inch I6. I can squeeze 500HP out of a 350 V8 for less money than just the purchase price of a bone stock VQ. Also the V8 sounds better and will last longer. A LOT longer. Like seriously, smallblock chevies have been known to go nearly 100k miles on a spun rod bearing.

    TestECullTestECullPrije 17 dana
  • What engine is in the new frontier... the 3.8L?

    jon kennyjon kennyPrije 18 dana
  • The engine is not as efficient as advertise.

    dane daynedane daynePrije 18 dana
  • I got a 07 g35 it’ sounds amazing and it’s quick I was a fan back in the day with the maxima but now omg

    Bamaboy BurnsBamaboy BurnsPrije 20 dana
  • broo you got a buncha dirt on your face

    Dan W.Dan W.Prije 20 dana
  • You're telling about how wonderful this engine is. Just tell us, from how many engines, ideas were taken by nissan, to make this engine !!!

    Reinier JacobusReinier JacobusPrije 20 dana
  • Gears do not share synchros, the share slide hubs. Think about it, have you ever had a car with a bad synchro? Notice how it only affects one gear? Fuck me, for as silly and knowledgeable you try to come across as, you really are only silly. Then you even implied it the very next statement. How could gears share synchros when they have differing amounts? 3 is not equal to 2. Lame....

    Marcus TaberMarcus TaberPrije 21 dan
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  • In line 6 is better self balance I live Australia check it out 😉350+nm

    Tim TrettinTim TrettinPrije 23 dana
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  • VQ engines sound like ass 🤮😂

    Jordan WendellJordan WendellPrije 25 dana
  • These bad boys aren’t in the g35 model aye boys?

    Sw3g B3ArSw3g B3ArPrije 26 dana
    • Nissan máxima 2000 vq30 2002-2005 vq35 350Z VQ30HR 300zx VG30DE & VG30DETT

      Dilan SilvaDilan SilvaPrije 24 dana
    • Are on g35

      Dilan SilvaDilan SilvaPrije 24 dana
  • If only a HR would fit in my 03 track edition 350Z

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    • for real tho the quality of this video is very good. models diagrams graphics. real nice job

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  • Many Japanese automotive manufacturer's make superb V6's like Hondas J series, and Toyota' s 1MZ,and newer GR Series. None of wich have had more " Performance mass development " than the Vq Series, and now the Evolution of the " VR" Series Beast! NISSAN put alot of time,and thought into this power plant knowing it will need to power many models, in different configurations. And there we're many 1st debuts with this. Like 1st micro polished piston chambers in a mass production . Etc. AND FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW, NISSAN'S VQ FAMILY OF V6'S WHICH THE VR IS BASED OFF OF ,AND POWERS THE ALLMIGHTY GTR WAS NAMED OF OF WARD AUTO WORLDS 10 BEST ENGINES 10 YEARS STRAIGHT! DEFINITELY ONE OF JAPANS,AND THE WORLDS BEST 6CYL ENGINES EVER!

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  • DE or HR

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  • Who knew that the straight six is super smooth! wouldn't know from my '06 jeep. It shakes like my mom's chihuahua lol

    Charles HegiCharles HegiPrije mjesec
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    Elias DElias DPrije mjesec
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    2005sunfire2005sunfirePrije mjesec
  • I can’t be the only one that saw hi car and low car in the intro

    GladeGladePrije mjesec
  • I have an ls2 better than the ls1 but not as well known but not as good as an ls3 :( but anyways the VQ is nice!!

    Vic FVic FPrije mjesec
  • You know why it is so good. Its a Renault engine from the time when they won formula 1. With Fernando Alonso. Renault and Nissan are one big company ✌

    Denis MedicDenis MedicPrije mjesec
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    Ryan StreuliRyan StreuliPrije mjesec
  • Great video and explanation, thank you! But... What does it have to do with the thumbnail? I was just waiting for the vrooms Lol

  • My second gen DE in my maxima can rev to 8k😎

    Kobie MangalaKobie MangalaPrije mjesec
  • Why is the vk45 engine, also soo thought off, and why they considered it to be infamous.

    Amaury CalderonAmaury CalderonPrije mjesec
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    Kris SnessakKris SnessakPrije mjesec
  • VQ is a light engine, and able to make good power. Better than 2JZ because it's lighter. ***Honda K-series enters chat*** What up weaker heavier bro?

    Mat SmithMat SmithPrije mjesec
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    Diren GokalDiren GokalPrije mjesec
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    David MillaDavid MillaPrije mjesec
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    Bryan WayneBryan WaynePrije mjesec
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    Myname IsunavailableMyname IsunavailablePrije mjesec
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    Erik NelsonErik NelsonPrije mjesec
  • I feel like the vq38TT is really the creme de la creme of vq motors

    Donald SlaytonDonald SlaytonPrije mjesec
  • I’m on my second 03 maxima se, my first I spent a year bringing this car back from the dead from sitting under a tree. I replace ALOT. I spent numerous paychecks on it. I moved back to Florida and hydrolocked my engine threw my cold air intake in a flash flood. I bought the same car to transfer what I could to hang on to the idea of building a decent car. My question is the first one I bought this car and a previous owner removed the third car and straight piped it. I got rid of exhaust emptied my two cats left and dummy plugged the sensors. One hand it sounded incredible (I left the resonator on) on the other hand seemed like my timing was off. Does getting rid of your cats throw the timing off? And I’m thinking about straight piping and getting rid of third cat. Does anyone think that throws the timing off? Sincerely AmateurMotorhead

    EqualTequilaEqualTequilaPrije mjesec
  • Too much flamboyance 🤷

    Shubhendra RaiShubhendra RaiPrije mjesec
  • I thought the RB26 and 2JZ also revved as high if not higher...

    Nick AmaritNick AmaritPrije mjesec
  • My 2004 nissan pathfinder has the same engine as 350z, its funny gapping some people sometimes lol

    Edwin PrzEdwin PrzPrije mjesec
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    Brad ൠBrad ൠPrije mjesec
  • By "iconic growl" you mean infamous broken trombone sounds?

    SYNdicateSYNdicatePrije mjesec
  • 2:35

    Kazi AurnobKazi AurnobPrije mjesec
  • smooth sounding like a damn trumpet, so damn annoying lol

    Xavier OrozcoXavier OrozcoPrije mjesec
  • How you know a car is a good deal if you are not a dealer:

    Gannon's GarageGannon's GaragePrije mjesec
  • Are we just not going to mention the fact that the VQ consumes stupid amounts of oil? Lol

    Shadowwolf975Shadowwolf975Prije mjesec
  • When you bought a g35 04 yesterday and it doesn’t even drive today

    JustusJustusPrije mjesec
  • Most of what was said here about the engine is either slightly wrong or not at all exclusive to the VQ.

    Michel LabonteMichel LabontePrije mjesec
  • "Straight sixes are some of the most balanced engines" 😥 sad boxer noises

    Taylor ForsterTaylor ForsterPrije mjesec
  • About to 6mt swap my full bolt-on maxima. expecting 330 to wheels.

    cLYcLYPrije mjesec
  • You forget history too hahahaha

    Kiel . TVKiel . TVPrije mjesec
  • How thick is a vq25de conrod

    gharith scheffersgharith scheffersPrije mjesec
  • A few silly mistakes in this video, i've noticed 3. The fundamentals are there, but just made a few mistakes, like a main cap girdle prevents main cap walk not crankwalk. Thrust bearing prevent crankwalk. Also, don't VQ's have a reputation for having really weak connecting rods. Boost goes in, rod goes out the side of the block.

    JZX TRDJZX TRDPrije mjesec
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    OgSeattlemang 206OgSeattlemang 206Prije mjesec
  • I’ll take a J series thanks

    Boosted Lawn MowerBoosted Lawn MowerPrije mjesec
  • I always will hate this engine. It’s the reason I wake up at 3am before going to work with complete asshats with deleted mufflers drive like plebs . Sounds like a trumpet 🤬

    Neerav ReddyNeerav ReddyPrije mjesec
  • Can you do a B2B on the Honda rc51 behind you??

    Aaron MartinAaron MartinPrije mjesec
  • not a single thing said about the vq in this entire episode was in the least bit impressive. the noise isnt worth it. get rid of them

    Chase KunikChase KunikPrije mjesec
  • Should deffs win an award for the shittest sounding engine when coupled to an exhaust!

    Jared GreenJared GreenPrije mjesec
  • It's too bad the early engine blocks split easily.

    STimedic1STimedic1Prije mjesec
  • 2:10 is where it starts

    jared vjared vPrije mjesec
  • hey ive got one of those!

    Parker PasemkoParker PasemkoPrije mjesec