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#1 SpitfireJEJ

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 13:23

Quite some time ago I saw on some forum that an individual had a memory of "Clark at Monza in '65 with the Coventry Climax Flat 16". I assume he was getting confused with the "flat crank" version of the V8 which presumably Jim and several others were driving at the time. However, it does raise a question or three.

Firstly, how did the so-called "flat crank" version differ from the standard Climax V8? What does the term "flat crank" mean in this context?

Secondly, we know that the Flat 16 never raced, but was it ever actually tested in any car? Certainly quite a few chassis seem to have been made in anticipation of it and a few formed the basis of the 1966 Formula 1 designs.

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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 13:31

I think I can say categorically that the flat 16 was never used in a car...

The 'flat plane' crank is well discussed on this forum and on the Technical forum. Just do a search.

#3 SpitfireJEJ

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 17:17

Many thanks Ray. I shall now immerse myself in some of the other fascinating stuff on that forum.

#4 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 19:15

Just be careful you don't drown...