Tag Archives: Boxer

Forbidden Flatness

Porsche are perhaps the best known manufacturer to use flat engines, despite the fact that these days most of their cars are powered by Volkswagen Group Vs or Inlines. However Ferrari too once powered their cars by boxer engines, the first of which was this; the Berlinetta Boxer.

Ferrari’s first mid-engined twelve-cylinder road car, just over two-thousand Berlinetta Boxers were produced between 1973 and ’84 before the Testarossa picked up the flat-twelve mantle, although none were officially imported into the Unites States as Enzo Ferrari thought the flat-twelve was too much for U.S. 55mph speed limits and increasing emissions regulations.

This excellent Technic recreation of the ‘BB’ comes from previous bloggee and TLCB Competition Winner  James Tillson, whose model includes working suspension, steering, pop-up headlights, plus opening doors and rear clamshell, under which is – of course – a functioning 12-cylinder piston engine.

There’s much more of James’ superb Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer to see at his photostream, including a photo of the flat-twelve engine. Click the link above to take a closer look. Even if you’re in the U.S.

Mirage GT

Technic Supercar Mirage GT

Oh my, it’s a mirage, I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage

Time for a Technic Supercar. We don’t feature these very often, simply because the Elves struggle to find them on their unending search. This is probably due to Technic Supercars’ complexity, meaning few MOCers attempt a supercar build, and fewer still succeed. Lego Technic Supercars are defined by three characteristics – steering, all-round suspension, and a working drivetrain. Francisco Hartley’s Mirage GT is a supercar of his own design, based on no real-world model. Underneath the spectacular bodywork is a flat 12 engine powering the rear wheels through a 4-speed gearbox, with independent suspension on each corner. The MOCpage for this creation is definitely worth your time. Check it out here.

Lego Supercar