As much as I love V8s, if I had to choose a favourite engine configuration, it would have to be the flat-six. Porsche’s legendary Boxer engine practically defined the word sports car ever since the inception of the 911. No other car has shaped the world of performance vehicles like it, and probably never will. Although a lot of factors went into making it as special as it is, the rear-engined layout and the nature of the engine itself played the biggest part of it.
The flat-six is a horizontally-opposed engine, meaning the pistons face each other and are laid down on their side. This keeps the centre of gravity low in the car but also enables the designers to play around with the car’s styling more because the engine is quite compact. Porsche’s older flat-six design was famous for its indestructibility. Just regular maintenance saw these engines cover over 200,000 miles, a staggering amount in today’s world. The guys over at 911 Magazine created a video showcasing exactly what makes the flat-six engine tick.