Flat-sixteen engine

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Porsche 917 experimental Can-Am engine

A flat-16 is a rarely used internal combustion engine with a flat configuration.


Coventry Climax FWMW[edit]

The British engine manufacturing company Coventry Climax developed a flat-16 unit, the FWMW, between 1963 and 1965, towards the end of the 1.5-litre Formula One era[1]. The Brabham and Lotus teams designed cars for this engine but it was never raced. This was due to reliability problems in testing[2][3] and it failed to develop more power than the engine it was meant to replace, the V8 FWMV[4][5].

Porsche 917 / 16 cylinder prototype[edit]

Porsche ran some tests with a dual-spark flat-16 Can-Am version of the 917, but it too was never raced, as turbocharging the existing flat-12 produced the required power.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard, K., (2003). Climax flat-16. Retrieved 19th April, 2017 from Motor Sport Magazine website.
  2. ^ Kierstein, A., (2013). From the Archives: Coventry Climax flat-16 engine schematic. Retrieved 19th April, 2017.
  3. ^ 'Sweet but unsung Sixteen', (2014). Retrieved 19th April, 2017 from Motor Sport Magazine website.
  4. ^ 'Climax, an engine to be proud of', (n.d.). Retrieved 19th April, 2017.
  5. ^ Howard, K., (2003). Climax flat-16. Retrieved 19th April, 2017 from Motor Sport Magazine website.

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