Unlike the V-, straight- and flat-type engine configurations we’re used to seeing in cardom, a radial is a unique internal combustion engine. The cylinders of a radial engine point outward from a central crankshaft like spokes on a wagon wheel, and the pistons are attached to the crank by way of a master and articulating rod assembly. That sounds pretty complex, but the truth is that it’s an ingenious design that produces impressive power.
Recently, Jalopnik, an obscure automotive site that believes in shooting brakes but not copy editors, posited that there is no such thing as a “chick car.” Now, this kind of PC lovefest is expected of a big-city media site run by shadowy Jezebel writers. However, this NYC-centric viewpoint falls flat in our world.