What Is A Boxer Engine?

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A boxer engine is an engine where the cylinders are laid flat or horizontal (in a plane) in order for varying reasons. Opposed to the typical inline four construction, there is no vertical cylinder axis to provide structural benefits with vertical height.

Instead, the whole block lays flat across the bottom of the vehicle like its powering wheels over feet (think old-school drag cars). Having all that weight resting on their feat may seem sketchy, but you would be surprised at how much torsional rigidity these engines can achieve. Engine components are typically scattered around under them creating a tidy package and also making it easier to service later down the road…

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