Nissan VQ Engine - The Science Explained

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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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Itzpacman 2
Itzpacman 2 Hace 11 días
Aye bro you guys doing a second year or was this a one time course
Steve Jenkins
Steve Jenkins Hace un mes
This is real? Hell ya pick me pick me!!!
Lawrence C
Lawrence C Hace un mes
Where do I enroll. 😬
Important Dolphin
Important Dolphin Hace un mes
Do a review on the BMW B58 engine
Jordan Ashmore
Jordan Ashmore Hace un mes
Dude. Ill work for free. I swear. Just say the word and im in the infiniti omw
DARTH PUTIN Hace 38 minutos
That thunder piggy in the back! Awesome! Make a video on it please!
Rodney Patterson
Rodney Patterson Hace un día
VQ40de in the pickup for me. Bulletproof
Dolrawee Ngarmjareun
Dolrawee Ngarmjareun Hace 2 días
I want to see top 10 diesel engine.
Brian Myers
Brian Myers Hace 2 días
Its all highly unreliable from nissan today. I'm not even going to give them good engine credit outside of the gtr.
Ryan Marshall
Ryan Marshall Hace 3 días
I love the VQ in my 08 Maxima 3.5SE. It’s smooth. Powerful. Reliable. And mine DOESNT BURN OIL. Yes, it is attached to the CVT, but it’s attached to the GOOD one with the steel band/chain. I’ve seen these specific engine/trans models break 250K miles. And I only paid $1100 for mine. Fucking steal. Plus, ignoring the rust lol.... it’s a damn good looking car.
Woofskers3 Hace 3 días
donut media school. now thats my kinda school
ATX-CVPI Hace 4 días
Best 4 cylinder: Honda K series Best inline six: Toyota 2JZ. Best V6: Nissan VQ series Best V8: GM LS series Worst engines list: Worst 4 cylinder: GM Quad 4 Worst inline six: GM 4200 Worst V6: Chrysler 2.7 V6 and Ford 3.5 and 3.7 fwd engines. Worst V8: BMW V8 with Vanos and/or Valvetronic.
Gary Stump
Gary Stump Hace 5 días
You know what would be cool? A video on a monster truck
Gregory Marsh
Gregory Marsh Hace 6 días
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.
anydaynow Hace 7 días
Also just a nit pick but the gears don't grind it's the engagement teeth on the syncros that make the noise when the friction pads wear out.
allen Hace 7 días
I prefer the other guy to host these shows. Seems like when this guy does them therr are more advertisements
Max Goldberg
Max Goldberg Hace 7 días
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 Goldberg
Max Goldberg Hace 7 días
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.
Victor Arreola
Victor Arreola Hace 7 días
at first i hated your voice reminding me of a fast and furious annoying fan boy but after watching donut media you are alright and entertaining
Marq Mac
Marq Mac Hace 10 días
Love my FX35. That engine is a gem.
Kewlosh Hace 10 días
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.
Cornelius cenac
Cornelius cenac Hace 11 días
This video has 1,000,020 views
KAKE Hace 11 días
Joe Carsella
Joe Carsella Hace 10 días
@KAKE no i know, I was confused why you mentioned q50s when gs did it first lol
KAKE Hace 10 días
@Joe Carsella they do, i own a 03 g35 sedan and 2014 q50
Joe Carsella
Joe Carsella Hace 10 días
Because g35s didn't offer a sedan? I'm confused
Ieaki Hace 12 días
The down side is the "Great" MPG they get for such small displacement
Oliver Rosenkrantz
Oliver Rosenkrantz Hace 14 días
Jk41b vs cd009 which is better??
azagedon Hace 15 días
Engineering Explained would approve.
Jesvin Varghese
Jesvin Varghese Hace 15 días
2 ESpost ads and 2 minutes later still waiting for the show
Phil Harry
Phil Harry Hace 17 días
The piston does not travel farther on the top of the crank rotation vs the bottom. This is completely inaccurate.
just another commenter.
just another commenter. Hace 17 días
this kind of videos makes everything more expensive for US
Matt W
Matt W Hace 18 días
Too bad they burn oil and have timing chain issues. Otherwise it would be an average motor.
Rick Loss
Rick Loss Hace 18 días
My g knocks for like 3 seconds on startup but never when driving. Anyone else have that problem?
Bryan Fish
Bryan Fish Hace 18 días
Yep my maxima does this
Perc 99 - Topic
Perc 99 - Topic Hace 19 días
VQ35DE Gang cause I couldn't afford an HR lol
yazeed A
yazeed A Hace 19 días
Ls FoR LiFE!!!!!
its wild its wild
its wild its wild Hace 20 días
this engen come in the infiniti fx35 2008 ???
CHRIS NATI Hace 20 días
Track ID anyone ?
tree18is Hace 21 un día
that RC51 gets my subscribe.
TestECull Hace 21 un día
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.
jon kenny
jon kenny Hace 21 un día
What engine is in the new frontier... the 3.8L?
dane dayne
dane dayne Hace 22 días
The engine is not as efficient as advertise.
Bamaboy Burns
Bamaboy Burns Hace 24 días
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
Dan W.
Dan W. Hace 24 días
broo you got a buncha dirt on your face
Reinier Jacobus
Reinier Jacobus Hace 24 días
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 !!!
Marcus Taber
Marcus Taber Hace 24 días
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 Taber
Marcus Taber Hace 24 días
02:17 Renault ESCAPE?!?! LOL, don't you mean Espace
Tim Trettin
Tim Trettin Hace 27 días
In line 6 is better self balance I live Australia check it out 😉350+nm
alephnot000 Hace 28 días
I don't know if it's more appropriate to say that Nolan Ruined that Z, or that plasti-dip ruined that Z.
Jordan Wendell
Jordan Wendell Hace 29 días
VQ engines sound like ass 🤮😂
Sw3g B3Ar
Sw3g B3Ar Hace un mes
These bad boys aren’t in the g35 model aye boys?
Dilan Silva
Dilan Silva Hace 27 días
Nissan máxima 2000 vq30 2002-2005 vq35 350Z VQ30HR 300zx VG30DE & VG30DETT
Dilan Silva
Dilan Silva Hace 27 días
Are on g35
Charles Bissey
Charles Bissey Hace un mes
If only a HR would fit in my 03 track edition 350Z
fullauto2006 Hace un mes
@5:39 lmao he he. like that
fullauto2006 Hace un mes
for real tho the quality of this video is very good. models diagrams graphics. real nice job
Connor Bunch
Connor Bunch Hace un mes
13:50 you guys showed a bike up-shifting instead of down-shifting
Space Samurai
Space Samurai Hace un mes
When did DALLMYD get hired on to Donut???
BOUNCY700 Hace un mes
Subscribed for Hi-Low season 2.
Ivonox Hace un mes
pleases list of songs
Alan Pathomkan
Alan Pathomkan Hace un mes
Thank you for not shouting like that wookie you have on your channel. My faith is restored
Mr. ScarecrowaH
Mr. ScarecrowaH Hace un mes
First few seconds "that won't break your wallet" STOP THE CAP BRUH STOP DA CAP!!
William Amores
William Amores Hace un mes
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!
Mekhi Harris
Mekhi Harris Hace un mes
Love to hear it‼️ VQ gang lmaooo
Charles Hoang
Charles Hoang Hace un mes
The video would be better with less head bobbing and bodiliy jerking.
Norcal Nisbros
Norcal Nisbros Hace un mes
DE or HR
Mandeep Grewal
Mandeep Grewal Hace un mes
Whats up with the pubes on your face
shugga leaf
shugga leaf Hace un mes
12.5% thicker...... that's me!
Brad Thomas
Brad Thomas Hace un mes
There actually is retired pro cyclist who is famous for telling his legs to shut up.
Charles Hegi
Charles Hegi Hace un mes
Who knew that the straight six is super smooth! wouldn't know from my '06 jeep. It shakes like my mom's chihuahua lol
Elias D
Elias D Hace un mes
Pause at 2:47. You're welcome for the next meme
2005sunfire Hace un mes
I overpaid for a truck last year. I used to daily a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S SE ABS. Bought my first truck for $1500. Made it 7 miles and it caught fire. Lesson in this, avoid the crappy Ford 400 for it's 80k mile limitations.
Glade Hace un mes
I can’t be the only one that saw hi car and low car in the intro
Vic F
Vic F Hace un mes
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!!
Denis Medic
Denis Medic Hace un mes
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 ✌
Jrob1213 Hace un mes
Donut hopping on the Nissan wave right after I buy a new (in age, not the way I bought it) Nissan Frontier :))
Ryan Streuli
Ryan Streuli Hace un mes
Trumpet bois have entered the chat
Great video and explanation, thank you! But... What does it have to do with the thumbnail? I was just waiting for the vrooms Lol
Kobie Mangala
Kobie Mangala Hace un mes
My second gen DE in my maxima can rev to 8k😎
Amaury Calderon
Amaury Calderon Hace un mes
Why is the vk45 engine, also soo thought off, and why they considered it to be infamous.
Kris Snessak
Kris Snessak Hace un mes
Donut gives me hope that millennials are getting an education in 2020
Mat Smith
Mat Smith Hace un mes
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?
Diren Gokal
Diren Gokal Hace un mes
Donut: Vq is cheap Me, checking my bank account: huh?!
Erick Arambula
Erick Arambula Hace un mes
That 22 yeaf old engineer that walked into the warehouse and just looked at the engine once and said it needs a griddle you saggy boomer.
David Milla
David Milla Hace un mes
Jeremiah, great job explaining the internal working of this engine. You did a great job explaining how this engines function. Plus,, just the proper amount of attitude, i.e. humour. Bro, one constructive, ditch the beard until u finish going through puberty. lol
Bryan Wayne
Bryan Wayne Hace un mes
*Laughs in roaring roadster s2000*
Myname Isunavailable
Myname Isunavailable Hace un mes
What about molybdenum coating and forged parts? That engine was a gem.
Erik Nelson
Erik Nelson Hace un mes
Bro grew facial hair for the add
Donald Slayton
Donald Slayton Hace un mes
I feel like the vq38TT is really the creme de la creme of vq motors
EqualTequila Hace un mes
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
Shubhendra Rai
Shubhendra Rai Hace un mes
Too much flamboyance 🤷
Nick Amarit
Nick Amarit Hace un mes
I thought the RB26 and 2JZ also revved as high if not higher...
Edwin Prz
Edwin Prz Hace un mes
My 2004 nissan pathfinder has the same engine as 350z, its funny gapping some people sometimes lol
Brad ൠ
Brad ൠ Hace un mes
Bring Back Bids Barto @BidsBarto #BidsBarto
SYNdicate Hace un mes
By "iconic growl" you mean infamous broken trombone sounds?
Kazi Aurnob
Kazi Aurnob Hace un mes
Xavier Orozco
Xavier Orozco Hace un mes
smooth sounding like a damn trumpet, so damn annoying lol
Gannon's Garage
Gannon's Garage Hace un mes
How you know a car is a good deal if you are not a dealer:
Shadowwolf975 Hace un mes
Are we just not going to mention the fact that the VQ consumes stupid amounts of oil? Lol
Justus Hace un mes
When you bought a g35 04 yesterday and it doesn’t even drive today
Michel Labonte
Michel Labonte Hace un mes
Most of what was said here about the engine is either slightly wrong or not at all exclusive to the VQ.
Taylor Forster
Taylor Forster Hace un mes
"Straight sixes are some of the most balanced engines" 😥 sad boxer noises
cLY Hace un mes
About to 6mt swap my full bolt-on maxima. expecting 330 to wheels.
Kiel . TV
Kiel . TV Hace un mes
You forget history too hahahaha
gharith scheffers
gharith scheffers Hace un mes
How thick is a vq25de conrod
JZX TRD Hace un mes
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.
OgSeattlemang 206
OgSeattlemang 206 Hace 2 meses
Bart was the only reason I subscribed to donut media..... bye donut media
Boosted Lawn Mower
Boosted Lawn Mower Hace 2 meses
I’ll take a J series thanks
Neerav Reddy
Neerav Reddy Hace 2 meses
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 🤬
Aaron Martin
Aaron Martin Hace 2 meses
Can you do a B2B on the Honda rc51 behind you??
Chase Kunik
Chase Kunik Hace 2 meses
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
Jared Green
Jared Green Hace 2 meses
Should deffs win an award for the shittest sounding engine when coupled to an exhaust!
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