Why V4 engines are so rare and which cars use them

The V4 engine is such a rare layout in a road car, being found predominantly instead in motorcycles.
Mike has investigated how the V4 engine works and why it is so rare, as well as researching the ultimate use of this rare engine, the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car. 720bhp from a four-cylinder engine?

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0 1. nomaddaf commented 146 days ago

Every Wisconsin 4 cylinder is a V-4 and there millions of them. In nearly every gas powered skid steer loader and concrete saw.
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+3 2. thefox commented 146 days ago

Blast from the past: Ford Corsair and Ford Transit, both had V4 engines. Both were pretty poor.

My favourite configuration is the straight 6. Perfectly balanced power strokes, smooth as silk.
Triumph GT6, and the PI Triumph TR6. Beautiful cars.
I wonder where mine are now... :|
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+3 3. Judge-Jake commented 145 days ago

#2 I've probably got them in my field for the Grandchildren to play in along with the Sinclair C5..:D
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+1 4. thefox commented 145 days ago

#3. So you've finally stopped driving your Sinclair C5? :D
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+1 5. ComentAtor commented 138 days ago

#3 wow 250 W (0.34 hp) :) i am kind of a car fanatic but this thing missed me