In automotive engineering, a longitudinal engine is an internal combustion engine in which the crankshaft is oriented along the long axis of the vehicle, front to back. An engine similarly mounted along the frame of a motorcycle is called an in-line engine.
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Longitudinal engine mounting An engine mounted lengthways in the chassis.
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A longitudinal engine mounts the crankshaft centerline front to rear when viewed from the top.
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in-line Engine layout in which the cylinders are arranged in a row, and in-line with the wheels of the machine.
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...including industrial engines and the Sunbeam S7, that civilised but low-powered shaft-drive in-line twin that BSA hoped would fill a niche as a gentleman's machine...