Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by Clutch, May 20, 2009.
What is the difference between a
when it comes to cylinders?
flat, also called boxter, is an engine where half of the cylinders are on one side and the other half are on the other side, where both sides face each other. Much like V8, but with 180 degree angle between the heads.
in line is an engine with all cylinders positioned on one line, such as most 4 cylinder.
strait is where the driver is not gay, lol.
- cars that differ from most include:
BMWs - 6 cylinder versions - in line
Toyota Supra - 6 cylinder - in line
Subaru - 4 cylinder - boxter
Porsche - 6 cylinder - boxter
now you may ask about rotary engines too, but those work little differently - check Mazda RX-7
Inline and straight are the same thing.
Flats/Boxers are also known as horizontally opposed.
You also have V blocks (which may occasionally be called a Y block with some designs). Most of these are in 60° or 90° formations.
There are also W engines. the Bugatti has a W16 engine.
yeah rotaries are kinda tight. think of it as a cylinder with a rotating triangle inside. that's basically your rotary engine.
As you might have seen, V6 and V8 engines are in a V formation.
Napier Deltics, those things have got to be the craziest engine I have ever seen. I saw one in a museum. I have never heard one run though. I would imagine they sound very strange.
It could be classified as a triangle or a straight depending on how you look at it
There is a good diagram of how it works here:
There is also W (basically 2 V).
There are many more engine configurations:
Triple post FTW.
Yes, the W formation runs a 16 cylinder. Basically 2 V8's combined.
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