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A well-known engine of this type is the Porsche air-cooled flat-8 engine. It was introduced as a 1.5-litre engine for Formula One, and grew to a 3-litre version used in the Porsche 908.
Flat-eights and flat-sixes compared
A flat-8 is marginally smoother than a flat-6, but since both types are exceptionally smooth, it is normally simpler and cheaper to specify a flat-6. The main reason to use a flat-8 would be if the engine's cubic capacity is such that the cylinder size in a flat-6 would be greater than optimal. For instance, the Australian Jabiru Aircraft company makes three different boxer air-cooled aircraft engines: a 2.2-litre flat-4, a 3.3-litre flat-6, and a 5.1-litre flat-8. A 5.1-litre flat-8 has eight cylinders of 638cc, whereas a 5.1-litre flat-six would have cylinders of 850cc.
- "Engines >". jabiru.net.au. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
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