...I have a question.
A girl at school and I got to talking the other day, and as all my conversations tend to do, we ended up talking about cars. Turns out she has a 944. After class I went out to look at it, and it is nice!
Anyhoo, she was telling me about it, rattling off more facts than I ever expected any girl to know. Very impressive! But, at any rate, I was googling about them trying to find out some stuff and haven't come up with much.
She said it was a 1986-1/2 (same body style as 1987) with a vertically opposed four-banger. And she said that's the only Porsche designed and built engine.
So, I know about V8's. And V6's. And I6's, I4's, and rotary engines. And horizontally opposed boxer engines. But what the heck is a VERTICALLY opposed engine? My first assumption is that it's the same deal as a boxer engine, but rotated 90* so one bank fires up and the other bank fires down. Aside from being faced with extreme space limitations (combined with a lot of depth to work with), I fail to see the benefit of such a design.
And I can't find anything about it online (at least not yet), so is that right?
I was googling and came across this article about the Ferrari 512BBi which has a flat 12-cylinder according to other sites, but this particular website refers to it as having a vertically-opposed 12-cylinder. And it definitely looks to be horizontally opposed. So are the two terms just synonymous? Does the vertically-opposed refer to something other than the orientation of the cylinders?