A century of boxer engines, the secret weapon of the Beetle and 2CV
A century of boxer engines, the secret weapon of the Beetle and 2CV

(dpa) — The boxer engine has been around in large-scale production for over a century now and its origin is even older — it was first built by Carl Benz in 1897.It’s rarely used in cars today, but it’s still employed by a couple of car makers and some motorbike manufacturers.A flat or boxer engine is one where the cylinders are horizontally opposed to each other instead of the more widely used configurations where the cylinders are vertical (a straight engine) or set in a V shape.The boxer engine offers several advantages compared to other engine types. These include the flat design, the low c…

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