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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Wednesday May 15, 2019 at 1:26 PM
 
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This is said to be the very FIRST V8 engine

Patented in 1902 by Leon Levavasseur. He had a successful running engine, called the Antoinette V8, in a racing boat by 1904, shortly thereafter in aircraft.
Here's whats really amazing about it. It had a simple form of Direct Injection. Note the 8 individual injector units. And it was very light.
The picture is of the second generation larger aircraft engine. 110mm bore, 105mm stroke...7.9 ltr. and it weighed only 190 lbs.
Its power/weight ratio (normally aspirated) would not be exceeded for 25 years

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This is said to be the very FIRST V8 engine by Dick Johnson #42307
And then it took GM and the Chevrolet Division another 50 years by Don Anderson #42307.1
Not true. Chevrolet built an overhead valve V8 in 1916 and 1917.. (EOM) by Bob Jackman #42307.1.1
Bob, you are older than I thought. (EOM) by Don Anderson #42307.1.1.1
Don, I'm old alright but not quite that old. A museum which, recently by Bob Jackman #42307.1.1.1.1




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