An H engine can be viewed as two flat engines, one atop or beside the other. The "two engines" each have their own crankshaft, which are then geared together at one end for power-take-off. The H configuration allows the building of multi-cylinder engines that are shorter than the alternatives, sometimes delivering advantages on aircraft. For race-car applications there is the disadvantage of a higher centre of gravity, not only because one crankshaft is located atop the other, but also because the engine must be high enough off the ground to allow clearance underneath for a row of exhaust pipes. The power-to-weight ratio is not as good as simpler configurations employing one crankshaft. There is excellent mechanical balance, especially desirable and otherwise difficult to achieve in a four-cylinder engine.
Subaru produces water-cooled flat-four and flat-six "Horizontally-opposed" engines that are marketed as H4 and H6 which are not to be confused with H-block engines. The naming scheme refers to engine description, similar to inline engines being named I4 or I6, rather than their appearance front-on.
|1966||Owen Racing Organisation||BRM P83||BRM P75 3.0 H16||D||MON||BEL||FRA||GBR||NED||GER||ITA||USA||MEX||22||4th|
|Team Lotus||Lotus 43||Peter Arundell||DNS||Ret||13||5th|
|1967||Reg Parnell Racing||BRM P83||BRM P75 3.0 H16||G||RSA||MON||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||CAN||ITA||USA||MEX||17||6th|
|Owen Racing Organisation||Mike Spence||Ret||6||8||5||Ret||Ret||Ret||5||5||Ret||5|
|Team Lotus||Lotus 43||Jim Clark||Ret||6||8th|
|1968||Owen Racing Organisation||BRM P115||BRM P75 3.0 H16||G||RSA||ESP||MON||BEL||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||ITA||CAN||USA||MEX||28||5th|