Nissan VQ Engine - The Science Explained

14 lug 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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  • S/o to CarGurus been a member since 2015

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  • What about the VQ37VHR?

    sk8punk318sk8punk318Giorno fa
  • J35 J37 V6 Van engines > VQ V6

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    Elvin geoElvin geo7 giorni fa
  • This dude just described basic V6 engine design/balance and says "that's why the VQ is a great engine". My mans you ain't talked about shit that's specific to the VQ

    yegonproyegonpro8 giorni fa
  • a B6

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  • It feels like guys do all the fun stuff while Bart and Jeremiah are the men to sort the heavy jobs out :)

    new1runew1ru9 giorni fa
  • This guy is the low toned Alex from fitment industries.

    SolaraProjectSolaraProject9 giorni fa
  • wah wah waaaaah. The I-6 is coming back because of.... pedestrian safety mandates. Cars have to be more blunt now (3-series) and can no longer be so wedge shaped (like the 300ZX). So we will likely see more I-6s coming (hey Mazda!)

    David WilliamsDavid Williams10 giorni fa
  • ITworlds because the new education center

    VQBABYVQBABY11 giorni fa
  • You're forgetting the RE52 Nissan Quest/Elgrand. Sure it's got *only* the VQ35DE, but still part of the VQ fam.

    Caleb ACaleb A11 giorni fa
  • New to the Nissan infiniti universe. Been a HAPPY owner of a 2015 infiniti q50 3.7 AWD since February. Amazing car. A bit gas thirsty but its such a fantastic ride. Ive had compliments on the factory hague blue paint job and the exhaust tone from aftermarket Infiniti Helmholtz axleback pipes. Im an infiniti fanboy now.

    Matt MMatt M12 giorni fa
  • The bike shifting is going down in gears not up 😂

    Blerk350zBlerk350z14 giorni fa
  • What about VQ35DE

    Samer AL-BaqshiSamer AL-Baqshi15 giorni fa
  • Renault “Escape” lol

    TofumanFC3STofumanFC3S15 giorni fa
  • The vq series is an ok engine. I much rather the vg series, closed deck block good for boost without machining 😁😁

    TOYOTA FANTOYOTA FAN15 giorni fa
  • is this guy tosh's little brother or what

    SB RiderSB Rider16 giorni fa
  • I never really liked those vq engines and ive always fond those nissans to be kind of unreliable i like the old school nissans from like the 90s and before they seem to be better built

    Alfonso VazquezAlfonso Vazquez16 giorni fa
  • So if my ‘12 maxima has the same engine as a 350z, why does it sound so different? Assuming both cars have similar exhaust setups?

    Wallace OdomWallace Odom16 giorni fa
    • They dont. The maxima exhaust is way quieter since its more of a family sedan than a sports car.

      Mictlan 24Mictlan 2414 giorni fa
  • * HI/LO SEASON 2???? LETS GOOOOOOOO!!!!* 🔥🔥

    plot vibesplot vibes16 giorni fa
  • Love my 4.0 L in my frontier. Yeah it’s a dinosaur but it’s fun and powerful

    Jim JimjimJim Jimjim17 giorni fa
  • “Iconic growl” or a shitty trumpet if you go straight piped

    ANYTHING 23ANYTHING 2317 giorni fa
  • I used car guru’s to find a cheap car, sadly the dealer installed a GPS on all cars then charge you 2 grand on top of the sticker price.

    TrayCaddyyyTrayCaddyyy17 giorni fa
  • VQs are so balanced their timing chains last 60k miles

    MeltingRubberZ28MeltingRubberZ2818 giorni fa
  • So many people hate the sound of vqs but i think its one of the best sounding engines produced

    Alex JacksonAlex Jackson18 giorni fa
  • VQ the first engine that uses oil as fuel and gas as a lubricant.

    TheFlyingPLinerTheFlyingPLiner18 giorni fa
  • my dad's car has a VQ and a CVT trans XD also it's FWD

    Damien L.Damien L.19 giorni fa
  • We need more Z videos now!!!

    D A N D Y W A V E SD A N D Y W A V E S19 giorni fa
  • Talk about the Bmw N54 motor the modern 2jz

    josh dominguezjosh dominguez19 giorni fa
  • He looks like chase stokes lol

    LwkLwk19 giorni fa
  • Renault unfortunately cheapened this Nissan engine threatening its reliability. Renault changed it with low quality timing Chan tensioner, piston rings and bad catalytic converters that destroy this engine. RENAULT IS CANCER.

    As_i_c_itAs_i_c_it20 giorni fa
    • @JoOnDy Bapaylo the Nissan designed 3.5 followed the excellent design of the 3.0 vq. The 3.0 was bulletproof. The 3.5 had Carlos Ghosn cost cutting influence and had timing chain tensioner problems, piston ring problems, galley gasket problems, oil consumption problems and more. RENAULT IS CANCER. And they infected Nissan with their disease.

      As_i_c_itAs_i_c_it6 giorni fa
    • @As_i_c_it well my point is about engine and transmi cause its hard for me to believe that nissan is using renault or cheap components in their high end engines/transmi(not talking cvt) its just doesnt make any sense those engines r powerful any cheap side ll break ez , if talking suspension/interior...etc then i agree

      JoOnDy BapayloJoOnDy Bapaylo6 giorni fa
    • @JoOnDy Bapaylo when Carlos Ghosn came aboard if Nissan wasn’t using Renault parts, they were shopping them out from the lowest bidder quality be damned. Ghosn ruined Nissan from day 1. It just took time for the public to notice.

      As_i_c_itAs_i_c_it6 giorni fa
    • u sure ? coz all renault parts : cheap interior (radio ,buttons..etc) + small engines with their own transi are only used in small nissan cars thats it. big trucks/suvs/sedans/coupe engines and transi r 100% nissan japanese . i dont think nissan ll ever use a renault parts in their v6 /v8 engines cause renault only make small ones that doesnt even last 20k kms let alone a v6/v8

      JoOnDy BapayloJoOnDy Bapaylo6 giorni fa
  • Be prepared to overhaul timing chain components by 150k miles, VQ35 timing chain jobs have made me a LOT of $$ don't ignore the rattling and squeaking noises!! Probably the most unreliable timing chain systems I've dealt with.

    John GibbsJohn Gibbs20 giorni fa
  • It sounds gross though... 🤮

    loikden reinloikden rein21 giorno fa
  • Can you do an episode of the BMW N54 Engine? That would be sweet. Good info by the way, love this segment. 👍🏾

    Thierry TheodoreThierry Theodore21 giorno fa
  • "The vq35hr is the Creme de la creme" while the better-in-every-way vq37vhr is just sitting there like what am I, chopped liver?

    shota torshota tor22 giorni fa
  • Worst sounding engine ever... Godamn thing sounds like chewbacca

    LmenzolLmenzol23 giorni fa
  • I’ve learned so much from this man it’s ridiculous 😲

    BabyNarcoBabyNarco24 giorni fa
  • My brothers maxima had TERRIBLE trans issues

    adam sadam s24 giorni fa
  • my god this dynamic tho lmaooooo 11:01

    Eric SandstromEric Sandstrom24 giorni fa
  • 5:39 is a motorboat, not vibration. Fact.

    Brad YelichBrad Yelich25 giorni fa
  • Well we know DE aint on nothing unless you build it.

    Initial ProInitial Pro25 giorni fa
  • This was legit just a way to hype up HiLo. If you wanted to talk about Nissan's excellent V6 why not talk about the VR38.

    Graciel KellyGraciel Kelly25 giorni fa
  • The same VQ enfines that both blew up on Hi-Lo ,lol

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    Adam OsborneAdam Osborne25 giorni fa
  • anyone want my 03 manual 158k mile clean title 350z??

    Pablo LopezPablo Lopez25 giorni fa
  • Fun Fact The 07+ Altimas and Maximas have HR Heads but still a DE Engine

    Cornell stricklandCornell strickland26 giorni fa
  • I’ll take 12.5% thicker oh yeahhhhh

    Me MeMe Me26 giorni fa
  • VQ oil gallery seal is a major weak point. Dont buy a used G or Z. Wait for the VR 3.0 to go down in price.

    Andres CruzAndres Cruz26 giorni fa
  • EZ > VQ

    kandin Robinsonkandin Robinson26 giorni fa
  • Thanks for this video, love my 350Z!

    AnthonyJ350AnthonyJ35027 giorni fa
  • Ow.......come on. Torsional is twist not flex. 2 pistons don't fire at the same time. Piston speed is slowest near top and bottom of the stroke. How slow depends on rod and stroke length. Asymmetrical crank circle?

    William WarnerWilliam Warner27 giorni fa
    • Ikr!? I feel like they could have done better explaining how the crank and pistons work in a 4 stroke. All engines with an even number of pistons have paired pistons (buddy pistons), but they're at different stages of the firing order (one firing, one on intake or exhaust and compression.) The pistons don't move much at tdc and bdc, they're dead for a few degrees because the crank is moving in a predominantly horizontal arc. Until another piston spins the crank into a more vertical section of it's travel arc the pistons don't really move a lot

      rhysleslie lesliewilliamsrhysleslie lesliewilliams26 giorni fa
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    HURON AKA:Creighton Lee RoseHURON AKA:Creighton Lee Rose27 giorni fa
  • Even though it's a bit like a trumpet, I think the VQ35 is one of the best sounding engines ever made. It has such a unique sound you can't really mistake it with that many other sounds.

    Patrick76496Patrick76496Mese fa
  • DE: Am I an oil burning joke to you?

    jellofueljellofuelMese fa
    • Love my little oil burning DE lol

      xIW3ST SID3IxxIW3ST SID3Ix4 giorni fa
  • My Infiniti G35X 2007 4door AWD has that engine and is a complete beast in deep Canadian snow 😎 oh yah!!! 320 000 miles and purs like a cat while have crossed back and fourth coast to coast Canada 4 times

    Alexander WladAlexander WladMese fa
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    Alex SurianoAlex SurianoMese fa
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  • VQ40de in the pickup for me. Bulletproof

    Rodney PattersonRodney PattersonMese fa
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    Dolrawee NgarmjareunDolrawee NgarmjareunMese fa
  • Its all highly unreliable from nissan today. I'm not even going to give them good engine credit outside of the gtr.

    Brian MyersBrian MyersMese fa
  • 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.

    Ryan MarshallRyan MarshallMese fa
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  • 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.

  • You know what would be cool? A video on a monster truck

    Gary StumpGary StumpMese fa
  • 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 MarshMese fa
  • 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.

    anydaynowanydaynowMese fa
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    allenallenMese fa
  • 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 GoldbergMese fa
    • 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.

      Max GoldbergMax GoldbergMese fa
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    Victor ArreolaVictor ArreolaMese fa
  • Love my FX35. That engine is a gem.

    Marq MacMarq MacMese fa
  • 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.

    KewloshKewloshMese fa
  • This video has 1,000,020 views

    Cornelius cenacCornelius cenacMese fa

    KAKEKAKEMese fa
    • @KAKE no i know, I was confused why you mentioned q50s when gs did it first lol

      Joe CarsellaJoe CarsellaMese fa
    • @Joe Carsella they do, i own a 03 g35 sedan and 2014 q50

      KAKEKAKEMese fa
    • Because g35s didn't offer a sedan? I'm confused

      Joe CarsellaJoe CarsellaMese fa
  • The down side is the "Great" MPG they get for such small displacement

    IeakiIeakiMese fa
  • Jk41b vs cd009 which is better??

    Oliver RosenkrantzOliver RosenkrantzMese fa
  • Engineering Explained would approve.

    azagedonazagedonMese fa
  • 2 ITworlds ads and 2 minutes later still waiting for the show

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

    Phil HarryPhil HarryMese fa
  • this kind of videos makes everything more expensive for US

    just another commenter.just another commenter.Mese fa
  • Too bad they burn oil and have timing chain issues. Otherwise it would be an average motor.

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

    Rick LossRick LossMese fa
    • Yep my maxima does this

      Bryan FishBryan FishMese fa
  • VQ35DE Gang cause I couldn't afford an HR lol

    Perc 99 - TopicPerc 99 - TopicMese fa
  • Ls FoR LiFE!!!!!

    yazeed Ayazeed AMese fa
  • this engen come in the infiniti fx35 2008 ???

    its wild its wildits wild its wildMese fa
  • Track ID anyone ?

  • that RC51 gets my subscribe.

    tree18istree18isMese fa
  • 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.

    C6 ModellsportC6 ModellsportMese fa
  • What engine is in the new frontier... the 3.8L?

    jon kennyjon kennyMese fa
  • The engine is not as efficient as advertise.

    dane daynedane dayneMese fa
  • 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 BurnsMese fa
  • broo you got a buncha dirt on your face

    Dan W.Dan W.Mese fa
  • 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 JacobusMese fa
  • 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....

    MB TaberMB TaberMese fa
  • 02:17 Renault ESCAPE?!?! LOL, don't you mean Espace

    MB TaberMB TaberMese fa
  • In line 6 is better self balance I live Australia check it out 😉350+nm

    Tim TrettinTim Trettin2 mesi fa
  • I don't know if it's more appropriate to say that Nolan Ruined that Z, or that plasti-dip ruined that Z.

    alephnot000alephnot0002 mesi fa
  • VQ engines sound like ass 🤮😂

    Jordan WendellJordan Wendell2 mesi fa