Originally Posted by vf430
Do lambos have flat plane crank as well? What other cars have this type and why not? Is the flat plane crank expensive to develop compared to cross plane?
Ferrari is the only major manufacturer building flat crank V8s at the moment. I think the V8 in the Lotus Esprit was a flat crank also. I think RUF has experimented with them also.
Flat crank V8s don't run as smoothly as cross plane ones. I think most manufacturers think their customers would rather have the smoothness of a cross plane V8. To me that's the main difference between a Maserati V8 and a Ferrari V8. To make a Maserati V8 you take a Ferrari V8 and ruin it by changing it to a cross plane crank.