So, who thinks Henry Ford invented the V8 engine.

Discussion in 'Scratchbuilding!' started by bogusbandit56, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. bogusbandit56

    bogusbandit56 Top Gun

    Posts:
    8,750
    Likes:
    19,736
    Points:
    133
    For some obscure reason a lot people think Henry Ford invented the V8 engine.
    May be it is because he popularized the engine when he fitted it to the model 18 in 1932.
    In 1902, Léon Levavasseur took out a patent on a light but quite powerful gasoline injected V8 engine. He called it the 'Antoinette' after the young daughter of his financial backer. From 1904 he installed this engine in a number of competition speedboats and early aircraft.
    A 1909 Antoinette airplane powered by the Levavaseur V8 engine.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. quorneng

    quorneng Ace Pilot

    Posts:
    612
    Likes:
    1,439
    Points:
    93
    Agreed. Henry Ford did not invent the V8 configuration but he did evolve the first V8 that was cheap enough to be put into car mass production.
    To do this Ford developed thin wall casting techniques and cast steel crankshafts that were unique at the time as well as being one of the first mass produced car engines to use high pressure oil lubrication.
     
  3. bogusbandit56

    bogusbandit56 Top Gun

    Posts:
    8,750
    Likes:
    19,736
    Points:
    133
    Yes:)
     

Share This Page

string(1) "1"