This is the type of engine that you find in your quotidian car. Nothing fancy, just all pistons arranged parallel along the vertical direction.
Now, this is the sort of the engine that you find on sports cars like the Ferrari. When you hear sports enthusiasts go ‘ Whoa, that’s a V-12! ‘ – it just means that the engine has a V-type arrangement with 12 cylinders.
Flat engines offer several advantages for motorcycles, namely: a low centre of gravity, smoothness, suitability for shaft drive, and (if air-cooled) excellent cooling of the cylinders. You can find them on aircrafts as well
Radial Engine (aka the dancing starfish)
They were used mostly in small aircraft for the propeller
The big advantage of radials was their large frontal area, which meant they could be air cooled, meaning less maintenance, failures, and of course a lower cost of initial purchase and maintenance.
This engine has only 3 moving parts and can make a lot of power.However, they are pretty inefficient, the last car to use this was a Mazda RX-8.
The axial engine is a very interesting design. But they are not widely used because they are just hard to make and running these things at high RPM’s is a challenge.
Duke engines are equipped with this type.
Air is sucked in through the front and squeezed. A controlled explosion follows and the exhaust is blown out through the back
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