, manufactured 1956–1991]]
A V8 engine is an eight-cylinder piston engine
in which the cylinders share a common crankshaft and are arranged in a V configuration
The first known working V8 engine was produced by the French company Antoinette in 1904 for use in aircraft, while the American 1914–1935 ''Cadillac L-Head'' engine is considered the first automotive V8 engine to be produced in significant quantities. The popularity of V8 engines in cars was greatly increased following the 1932 introduction of the ''Ford Flathead V8''
The majority of V8 engines use a V-angle (the angle between the two banks of cylinders) of 90 degrees. This angle results in good engine balance
, which results in low vibrations; however, the downside is a larger width than V8 engines that use a smaller V-angle.
V8 engines with a 60 degree V-angle were used in the 1996–1999 Ford Taurus SHO
, the 2005–2011 Volvo XC90
, and the 2006–2009 Volvo S80
. The Ford engine used a 60 degree V-angle because it was based on a V6 engine
with a 60 degree V-angle. Both the Ford and Volvo engines were used in transverse engine
chassis, which were designed for a front-wheel-drive layout (with on-demand all-wheel drive system in the case of the Volvos). To reduce the vibrations caused by the unbalanced 60 degree V-angle, the Volvo engines used a balance shaft
and offset split crankpin
s. The Rolls-Royce Meteorite
tank engine also used a 60 degree V-angle, since it was derived from the 60 degree Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine.
Other V-angles have been used occasionally. The Lancia Trikappa
, Lancia Dilambda
, and Lancia Astura
, produced 1922–1939, used narrow angle V8 engines (based on the ''Lancia V4 engine'') with V-angles of 14—24 degrees.
[Daniels, Driving Force, pp. 70-71, 92]
The 1932 Miller
four-wheel drive racing cars used a V8 engine with a V-angle of 45 degrees. The 8-cylinder versions of the 1945–1966 EMD 567
diesel locomotive engine also used a V-angle of 45 degrees.
Most V8 engines fitted to road cars use a cross-plane crankshaft
, since this configuration has less vibrations due to the perfect primary balance
and secondary balance. The cross-plane crankshaft has the four crank pins (numbered from the front) at angles of 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees, which results in a cross shape for the crankshaft when it is viewed from one end.
The iconic rumbling exhaust sound produced by a typical cross-plane V8 engine is partly due to the uneven firing order
within each of the two banks of four cylinders. A typical firing order of L-R-L-L-R-L-R-R (or R-L-R-R-L-R-L-L) results in uneven intake and exhaust pulse spacing for each bank. When separate exhaust systems are used for each bank of cylinders, this uneven pulsing results in the rumbling sound that is typically associated with V8 engines. However, racing engines seek to avoid these uneven exhaust pressure pulses, in order to maximise the power output. In order to link the exhaust systems from each bank (to provide even exhaust gas pulses), 1960s cross-plane V8 racing engines have either used long primary exhaust pipes (such as the Ford GT40 endurance racing car) or located the exhaust ports on the inside of the V-angle (such as the Lotus 38 IndyCar).
On the other hand, a flat-plane crankshaft
is used by many V8 engines fitted to racing cars.
This configuration provides two benefits. Mechanically, the crankshaft can be machined from a flat billet and does not require counterweights so it is lighter. However, it produces more vibration due to a secondary imbalance.
From the gas dynamics aspect, the flat-plane crankshaft allows for even exhaust gas pulsing to be achieved with a simple exhaust system. The design was popularized in motor racing by the 1961–1965 Coventry Climax FWMV
Formula One engine, and the 1967–1985 Cosworth DFV
engine was highly successful in Formula One.
[Ludvigsen, Classic Racing Engines, pp. 174–177]
Several production sports cars have used flat-plane V8 engines, such as every Ferrari V8 model (from the 1973 Ferrari 308 GT4
to the 2019-present Ferrari F8 Tributo
), the Lotus Esprit V8
, the Porsche 918 Spyder
, and the McLaren MP4-12C
Most early V8 road car engines also used a flat-plane crankshaft, since this was simpler to design and build than a cross-plane crankshaft. Early flat-plane V8 engines included the 1910 De Dion-Bouton
engine, the 1915 Peerless
engine, and the 1915 Cadillac
The first known V8 engine was the Antoinette
engine, designed by Léon Levavasseur
, which was first built in 1904.
The Antoinette was built in France for use in speedboat racing and airplanes.
A 1905 version of the Antoinette engine produced with of weight (including cooling water), resulting in a power-to-weight ratio that was not surpassed for 25 years. Also in 1904, V8 engines began small-scale production by Renault and Buchet for use in airplanes and racing cars.
In 1905, the first V8 engine used in a road-going car was the Rolls-Royce V-8
built in the United Kingdom. This model was initially produced with a V8 engine, however only three cars were produced before Rolls-Royce reverted to using straight-six engines.
In 1907, the ''Hewitt Touring Car'' became the first car built in the United States with a V8 engine.
The 1910 De Dion-Bouton
— built in France— is considered to be the first V8 engine produced in significant quantities.
The 1914 Cadillac L-head V8
engine is considered to be the first mass-production V8 engine.
This engine was built in the United States and was greatly assisted by Cadillac's pioneering use of electric starter motors
Early airplanes continued to use V8 engines, such as the 1915 Hispano-Suiza 8
SOHC engine designed in Switzerland. This engine was used by American, French, and British military aircraft in World War One. It is estimated that approximately half of all Allied aircraft were powered by the Hispano-Suiza 8 engine.
File:Vulcan V8 engine (Autocar Handbook, Ninth edition).jpg |Vulcan automobile engine (circa 1919)
File:Hispano Suiza 8 A Brussel.jpg |1914–1918 Hispano-Suiza 8A airplane engine
Usage in automobiles
The V8 engine with a cross-plane crankshaft is a common configuration for large automobile engines. The displacement of modern V8 engines is typically between , though larger and smaller examples have been produced, such as the V8 engine used in the 1971–1978 Cadillac Eldorado
Due to its large external dimensions, V8 engines are typically used in cars that use a longitudinal engine
layout and rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive). However, V8 engines have also occasionally been used in transverse engine front-wheel drive
vehicles, sometimes using closer cylinder bore spacings and narrower cylinder bank angles to reduce their space requirements.
thumb |2011 Ford Modular V8
The first Australian designed car to use a V8 engine was the 1965 Chrysler Valiant (AP6)
, which was available with an American-built Chrysler engine. The first locally designed V8 Ford was the 1966 Ford Falcon (XR)
and the first V8 Holden was the 1968 Holden HK
, both using engines supplied by their parent companies in the United States.
The first V8 engine to be mass-produced in Australia was the 1969–2000 Holden V8 engine
. This cast-iron overhead valve engine used a V-angle of 90 degrees and was built in displacements of and , the latter being de-stroked to in 1985. The Holden V8 engine was used in various models including the Kingswood, Monaro, Torana, Commodore, and Statesman. Versions tuned for higher performance were sold by Holden Dealer Team
and Holden Special Vehicles
, including versions stroked to up to . The Holden V8 engine was also used in touring car racing
and formed the basis of the Repco-Holden engined used in Formula 5000
racing. In 1999, the Holden V8 engine began to be replaced by the imported General Motors LS1
In 1971, Ford Australia began local production of the Ford 'Cleveland' V8
, an overhead valve cast-iron engine. The engine was produced in displacements of and for use in the Australian Ford Falcon and Ford Fairlane models. It was also used in several low-volume DeTomaso
sports cars and luxury sedans built in Italy. Australian production ceased in 1982 when Ford Australia temporarily ceased production of V8 cars. From 1991 to 2016, the Ford Falcon was available with the imported Ford Windsor
, Ford Barra
or Ford Modular
V8 engines; the latter were marketed as "Boss" and locally assembled from a mix of imported and local parts.
A version of the Rover V8 engine
was produced in Australia for the ill-fated 1973–1975 Leyland P76 sedan. The engine was an overhead valve design and the only all-aluminium engine produced in Australia.
The 1958–1965 Hongqi CA72
was a luxury car, of which approximately 200 were built for government officials. It was powered by a Chrysler LA engine
and built on the chassis of a 1950s Chrysler Imperial.
The 1934–1938 Tatra 77
rear-engined sedan was initially powered by petrol V8, which was air-cooled and used an overhead camshaft that operated the valves using a 'walking beam' rocker arrangement. This model line continued until 1999 when the Tatra 700
Tatra also produced diesel V8 truck engines from the 1939 Tatra 81
to the present day Tatra 815
French manufacturers were pioneering in their use of V8 engines in the early 1900s with the 1904 Antoinette
aircraft engine (the first known V8 engine) and the 1910 De Dion-Bouton
. However, there were few French automotive V8 engines in the following decades, with manufacturers such as Delage, Delahaye, Talbot-Lago, Bugatti, and Hotchkiss instead using six-cylinder or straight-eight engines.
From 1935 to 1954, Matford
(Ford's French subsidiary, later renamed to 'Ford SAF') produced cars with V8 engines, closely based on contemporary American Ford models. Simca
purchased the Ford SAF in 1954 and continued to produce various models powered by the Ford Flathead V8 until 1969.
After WW2, France imposed very steep tax horsepower
charges - the owners of cars with engines above 2 litres were financially penalized, so France had a very small domestic market for larger-engined cars, such as the V8.
Despite this, Facel Vega
produced luxury and sports cars powered by Chrysler V8 engines from 1954 to 1964.
One of the first German V8 engines was the 1928–1945 Argus As 10
aircraft engine. This engine was air-cooled, used an 'inverted V' design and was used in several training, reconnaissance and communications airplanes.
From 1933 to 1940, the Horch 830
luxury cars were powered by V8 engines (sold alongside Horch's larger straight-eight engines). Shortly after, the 1934–1937 Stoewer Greif V8
was powered by a V8 engine.
BMW's first V8 engine was the 1954–1965 BMW OHV V8 engine
, a petrol engine with overhead valves and all-aluminium construction. The company resumed production of V8 engines in 1992 with the BMW M60
aluminium double overhead camshaft engine, and V8 engines have remained in production until the present day. The first turbocharged V8 engine from BMW was the 2008-present BMW N63
Mercedes-Benz began production of the Mercedes-Benz M100
petrol V8 engine in 1963 and has continued production of V8 engines to the present day. The M100 had a single overhead camshaft, a cast-iron block and an aluminium head. Supercharging was first used on the Mercedes-Benz M113
engine in 2002 and turbocharging was first used on the Mercedes-Benz M278
engine in 2010.
Porsche's first road car to use a V8 engine was the 1978 Porsche 928
Audi's first road car to use a V8 engine was the 1988 Audi V8
The first V8-engined Alfa Romeo road car was the 1967–1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
mid-engined sports car, of which 18 cars were produced. This was followed by the 1970–1977 Alfa Romeo Montreal
front-engined sports car. The engines for both cars are based on the 90-degree V8 engine from the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33
racing car, and have double overhead camshafts and a dry sump. The 33 Stradale engine has a displacement of and a flat-plane crankshaft, while the Montreal uses an engine enlarged to and uses a cross-plane crankshaft.
The 2007–2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione / Spider
sports cars are powered by a version of the Ferrari F136 engine
with a cross-plane crankshaft.
Ferrari's first contact with V8 engines was the Vittorio Jano
-designed 1955 Lancia-Ferrari D50
, a Formula One racing car that the company acquired as part of its purchase of Lancia's Formula One racing department. The first Ferrari-developed V8 engines were used in the 1962 Ferrari 248 SP
and Ferrari 268 SP
sports prototype racing cars, designed by Carlo Chiti
. This engine had a single overhead camshaft and was rear-mounted in the cars.
The company's first V8 road car was the 1973–1974 Dino 308 GT4
mid-engined sports car. The engine is a 90-degree all-aluminium V8 with double overhead camshafts. In 1975, the engine in the Ferrari 208 GT4
became the smallest production V8 engine ever produced. The model lineage of mid-engined V8 road cars continues to the 2019-present Ferrari F8 Tributo
Five-valve-per-cylinder versions were used 1994–2005 in the Ferrari F355
and Ferrari 360
. Turbocharging was introduced on the 1984–1987 Ferrari 288 GTO
flagship car and the range of entry-level mid-engined sports cars switched to turbocharging with the 2015 Ferrari 488
The Formula One team resumed usage of V8 engines for the 2006–2013 seasons, beginning with the Ferrari 248 F1
The first Maserati V8 road car was the 1959–1965 Maserati 5000 GT
luxury coupe, of which only 34 cars were produced. The 5000 GT used a overhead camshaft engine derived from the ''Maserati 450S'' racing car. Developments of this engine were used in the 1963–1969 Maserati Quattroporte I
luxury sedan, the 1967–1973 Maserati Ghibli
, the 1971–1978 Maserati Bora
2-seat coupe, and several other models.
The 1990–1996 Maserati Shamal
2+2 coupe introduced a turbocharged V8 engine based on the existing ''Maserati Biturbo V6''. This engine was later replaced by the naturally aspirated Ferrari F136
V8 engine, beginning with the 2001 ''Maserati Coupé / Spyder''.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Lancia produced a line of range-topping luxury cars powered by V8 engines: the 1922–1925 Lancia Trikappa
, the 1928–1935 Lancia Dilambda
, and the 1931–1939 Lancia Astura
. The engines ranged in displacement from and used unusually narrow V-angles of 14 to 24 degrees with a single overhead camshaft. In the 1980s, an engine derived from Ferrari's V8 engine was transverse-mounted in the Lancia Thema 8.32
The only Fiat car to use a V8 engine was the Fiat 8V
, of which approximately 100 were produced 1952–1954. The pushrod engine used an all-aluminium construction and an unusual V-angle of 70 degrees. Fiat also began production of V8 diesel truck engines for the 1975 ''Des-8280'', initially in naturally aspirated form before switching to turbocharging in the mid-1980s.
Lamborghini's V8 powered models are the 1972–1979 Lamborghini Urraco
2+2 coupe, 1976–1979 Lamborghini Silhouette
2-seat convertible, and 1981–1988 Lamborghini Jalpa
2-seat convertible. The 2018-present Lamborghini Urus
SUV uses a Volkswagen Group turbocharged V8 engine.
Japanese manufacturers have not been large producers of V8 engines for passenger cars, due to Japanese government road tax regulations
that impose higher charges for engines that exceed . However several passenger cars have been produced with V8 engines to meet the needs of consumers, as well as for use in motor racing.
Honda has never produced V8 engines for passenger vehicles. In the late 1990s, the company resisted considerable pressure from its American dealers for a V8 engine with American Honda reportedly sending one dealer a shipment of "V8" vegetable juice
to silence them. The only Honda car sold with a V8 engine was the 1993–1998 Honda Crossroad
SUV, which was a rebadged Land Rover Discovery Series I
fitted with the Rover V8 engine.
In motor racing, the Honda Indy V8
was produced for the 2003–2011 IndyCar racing series and was the control engine for the 2006–2011 seasons. The engine was a all-aluminium V8 with double overhead camshafts and a redline of 10,300 rpm redline. The 2006–2008 Honda Racing F1 Team
used V8 engines, as mandated by Formula One regulations.
From 1999 to 2000, Mitsubishi briefly sold the Mitsubishi 8A8 engine
, which was a all-aluminium V8 engine with double overhead camshafts and direct injection. The engine was fitted to the Mitsubishi Proudia luxury sedan and Mitsubishi Dignity limousine, however financial pressures forced the company to discontinue sales of both these vehicles after only fifteen months.
The 1965–1989 Nissan Y engine
is Nissan's first V8 engine, which uses a pushrod design and had a displacement of . Its main use was in the Nissan President limousine. The Y engine was replaced by the 1989–2001 Nissan VH engine
, which is an all-aluminium construction with double overhead camshafts and displacements of . This was replaced by the Nissan VK engine
in 2002, which remains in production to the present day. The VK engine is an all-aluminium construction with double overhead camshafts and displacements of .
The first mass-produced Japanese V8 engine was the Toyota V engine
, which was introduced in the 1964 Toyota Crown Eight luxury car. The Toyota V engine was an all-aluminium construction, used a pushrod valvetrain and was produced until 1997. The Toyota UZ engine
has double overhead camshafts and was produced 1989–2013, while the Toyota UR engine
added direct injection and has been in production since 2006.
From 2006 to 2009, the Toyota Racing
Formula One team cars were powered by naturally aspirated engines, as mandated by the Formula One rules. These Toyota engines were also used by the Williams, Midland, and Jordan teams.
Hyundai's first passenger car V8 engine was the 1999–2009 Hyundai Omega engine
, which was based on the Mitsubishi 8A8 engine (see above). The Omega engine was replaced by the Hyundai Tau engine
, which is an all-aluminium construction with double overhead camshafts and has been produced from 2008-present.
Koenigsegg initially used twin-supercharged versions of the Ford Modular V8 engine in its 2002–2004 Koenigsegg CC8S
and 2004–2006 Koenigsegg CCR
. The company switched to its own twin-supercharged engine for the 2006–2010 Koenigsegg CCX
. A twin-turbocharged V8 engine was introduced in the 2011 Koenigsegg Agera
and has been used on all models since.
The 1958–1967 ZIL-111
limousine was among the first Soviet cars to be powered by a V8 engine. The engine was an all-aluminium construction with a pushrod valvetrain. Production of ZIL limousines powered by V8 engines continued until the ZIL-41047 was discontinued in 2002.
The 1959–1988 GAZ Chaika
was powered by a V8 engine with an all-aluminium construction and a pushrod valvetrain. This engine was also used in several limited-edition models for the KGB
The 1969–1972 Aston Martin DBS V8
coupe/convertible was Aston Martin's first V8 model. This engine was an all-aluminium construction with double overhead camshafts and was used in several models up until 2000 when the Virage model was discontinued.
Production of V8-engined Aston Martin cars resumed in 2005 with a new generation of the Vantage, powered by the Jaguar AJ-V8
naturally aspirated V8 engine. Since 2016, Aston Martin has switched to the Mercedes-Benz M177
turbocharged V8 engine, beginning with the DB11 model.
Every McLaren road car since the brand's 2010 relaunch has been powered by the McLaren M838T
twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which was introduced in the McLaren 12C (then called the 'MP4-12C') coupe. This engine is an all-aluminium construction with double overhead camshafts and a flat-plane crankshaft.
The first V8 engine to be produced in the United Kingdom was fitted to the 1905 Rolls-Royce V-8
, of which 3 cars were produced. This engine used a side valve
design, a V-angle of 90 degrees and had a displacement of .
Mass-production of V8 engines began in 1959 with the release of the Rolls-Royce–Bentley L-series V8 engine
in the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, and the Bentley S2. This engine is an all-aluminium construction with a pushrod valvetrain and a V-angle of 90 degrees. It has been produced in displacements of , with a twin-turbocharged version introduced in 1985. The L-series V8 engine remains in production in the Bentley Mulsanne luxury sedan.
Rover began production of automotive V8 engines in 1967 with the Rover V8 engine
. This engine used the design and tooling of the Buick V8 engine
purchased from General Motors. The Rover V8 is an all-aluminium construction with a pushrod valvetrain, displacements of and a V-angle of 90 degrees. It was used in various automobiles by Rover, Land Rover, and MG.
Production continued until 2006 when it was largely replaced by the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine
The Daimler V8
engine was introduced in the 1959 Daimler SP250 sports car and was produced until 1969. This engine has an iron block, an alloy cylinder head, a pushrod drivetrain and was produced in displacements of .
The Jaguar AJ-V8 engine
— Jaguar's first V8 engine for road cars— has been in production since 1996. This engine is an all-aluminium construction with double overhead camshafts. It has been produced in both naturally aspirated and supercharged configurations.
Land Rover and Range Rover produced vehicles fitted with the Rover V8
naturally aspirated petrol engine 1970–2004, the Ford TDV8
turbocharged diesel engine 2007–2012, the BMW M62
naturally aspirated petrol engine 2002–2006, the Jaguar AJ-V8
from petrol engine (in both naturally aspirated and supercharged configurations) from 2006-present and the Ford 4.4 Turbo Diesel
engine from 2010-present.
The 1970–1977 Triumph V8
was used solely for the Triumph Stag coupe. This engine had a cast iron block, an aluminium cylinder head, single overhead camshafts and a displacement of .
The 1996–2003 TVR Speed Eight engine
was used in the Chimera road cars and the Tuscan Challenge racing cars. This engine had an all-aluminium construction, single overhead camshafts, a flat-plane crankshaft and an unusual V-angle of 75 degrees.
The first automotive V8 engine to reach production was the 1914–1935 Cadillac L-Head
engine introduced in the Type 51. The L-head had an alloy crankcase, a single iron casting for each cylinder block and head, side valves, a flat-plane crankshaft and a displacement of . An electric starter motor
was used, eliminating the large engines being difficult to start with hand-cranking. The Cadillac engine was followed by a V8 model from Peerless
(using an engine manufactured by an amusement park manufacturer) in 1915.
The first American V8 production engine with overhead valves
(a 'pushrod' engine) was used by the 1917 Chevrolet Series D
. This engine used a counterweighted crankshaft, a detachable crossflow cylinder head, and had a displacement of . Production of the Series D models ceased in 1918.
The 1924 Cadillac Type V-63
was powered by the first American V8 to use a cross-plane crankshaft, which reduced vibrations. A year later, Peerless also introduced a cross-plane crankshaft V8. Other manufacturers producing V8 engines by the mid-1920s included Lincoln, Ferro, Northway (supplier to Cadillac), Cole (Indianapolis and Mississippi), Perkins (Detroit), Murray, Vernon, and Yale.
A significant development in providing V8 engines in more affordable cars was the 1932–1954 Ford Flathead V8
. The Flathead V8 reduced production costs by using a monobloc
(or "en block") construction, where each cylinder bank is made from a single piece of cast metal. The engine was fitted to the low-cost Ford Model 18
car, offering superior performance to its competitors.
Demand for larger cars increased in the years following World War II and the wider bodies were well suited to the fitment of V8 engines. This led to many manufacturers introducing overhead valve V8 engines, such as the 1949–1964 Oldsmobile Rocket engine
, the 1949–1962 Cadillac 331 engine
, the 1951–1958 Chrysler Firepower engine
, the Studebaker
's 1952 V8 engine, the 1953–1966 Buick Nailhead engine
, the 1954–2002 Chevrolet small-block engine
, the 1954–1963 Lincoln Y-block V8 engine
, the 1955–1981 Pontiac V8 engine
, and the 1956–1967 AMC Rambler engine
Engine displacements grew in conjunction with the expanding size of full-size cars
through the 1950s to mid-1970s. This led to 'big block' engines such as:
* Ford FE engine
released in 1956
* Lincoln Y-block engine
released in 1956
* Pontiac Super Duty engine
released in 1961
* Chrysler Hemi engine
released in 1965
* Chevrolet big-block engine
released in 1970.
The classification of 'big-block' or 'small-block' refers to the engine's external dimensions and is not necessarily indicative of the actual engine displacement. Engines with displacements between have been classified as both small-block and big-block, depending on the particular manufacturer's range of engines. Big-block engines reached their zenith with the Cadillac 500 engine
used in the 1970 Cadillac Eldorado coupe. During the 1970s, due to the oil crises and the gradual tightening of emission standards, big-block V8s were affected and as a result, their use in passenger cars decreased as manufacturers began to phase them out for more efficient designs.
Prior to the late 1970s, sharing of engines across General Motors' divisions was not commonplace. This enabled each division to have its own unique engine character but made for much duplication of effort. The company has since implemented sharing of engines across divisions, however, some divisions (such as Cadillac) still maintain some engines specific to their division. Ford and Chrysler had fewer divisions and favoured brand-specific shared designs.
In 2011 GM built its 100-millionth unit of the Chevrolet small-block engine
, making that engine family the most produced V8 engine in the world.
American manufacturers continue to produce large displacement V8 engines, despite the strategy of downsizing engines (often in conjunction with turbocharging) being adopted by many European and Asian manufacturers. These engines continued to use pushrod (overhead valve) valvetrains long after most overseas engines had switched to dual overhead camshaft designs. Examples include the Chrysler Apache engine
produced from 2011-present, the ''Ford Godzilla engine'' produced from 2020-present, and the Chevrolet L8T engine
produced from 2020-present.
Cadillac's Cadillac LTA engine
codenamed "Blackwing" developed, hand built, and exclusively used by Cadillac on its mid-range vehicles sporty sedans and coupes employs a turbocharged configuration with double overhead camshaft valve train, marking the first time in the brand's 100-plus-year history that a twin-turbo charged V8 unit is used.
used a V8 engine in the full-size SUV VinFast President
from December 2020.
V8 engines have been used in many forms of motorsport, from Formula One
circuit racing, to Top Fuel
Among the first V8 Formula One cars to compete were the 1952 AFM
entry and the 1954 Lancia D50
, with a development of the latter powering Juan Manuel Fangio's 1956 car to victory in the driver's championship. The 1.5 L Formula One era of 1961–1965 included V8 engines from Ferrari, Coventry Climax, British Racing Motors (BRM), and Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS). The driver's championships for the 1962
, and 1965
seasons were won by drivers of V8-powered cars. Also, from 1962 to 1965, the top three manufacturers in each season's Constructor's Championship all predominantly used V8 engines in their cars. In 1966, the engine capacity limits were increased to 3.0 litres (or 1.5 litres with a supercharger), and 1966–1967 Constructor's Championships were won by cars powered by the Brabham-Repco V8 engine
From 1968 to 1981, the Cosworth DFV
V8 engine dominated Formula One racing. During this time, the Manufacturers' Championship was won by Cosworth DFV powered cars every season except 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1979, which were won by 12-cylinder Ferraris. After a very long period of dominance, the Cosworth DFV was eventually outpaced by turbocharged straight-four and V6 engines.
The next period of significant V8 usage in Formula One was from 2006
, when the rules mandated use of naturally aspirated V8 engines (in order to reduce the power outputs being achieved by the previous 3.0 litre V10 engines). These were replaced by 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines for the 2014-present seasons.
American premier stock car racing NASCAR
series has been dominated by V8 engines since the its inaugural 1949 season
In the American Top Fuel
class of drag racing, V8 engines displacing today produce outputs of over . and . The engines used in Top Fuel and Funny car
drag racing are typically based on the aluminum-conversion Chrysler 426 Hemi engine
and run on highly explosive nitromethane
The world's fastest non-jet-powered (i.e. piston-engine powered) wheeled land vehicle, the Speed Demon, which achieved a speed of 462.345 mph in 2017, is powered by an V8 engine based on the Chevrolet small-block engine
File:Climax FWMV 1500.jpg |1962 Coventry Climax FWMV Formula One engine
File:Cosworth V8 Engine Champ Car 2004.jpg |2004 Cosworth XF Champ Car engine
Usage in airplanes
Several early aircraft engines used a V8 configuration, such as the French 1904 Antoinette
engine and 1906 Buchet
engines. During World War One, V8 aircraft engines included the French Renault 8G
, the Spanish Hispano-Suiza 8
, the British Sunbeam Arab
, and the American Curtiss OX-5
After this time, flat-eight engines became more commonplace than V8 engines due to their lighter crankshafts and better suitability to air cooling. One of the few remaining V8 airplane engines by World War Two was the German Argus As 10
inverted V8, which was air-cooled and used in several trainer as well as small utility aircraft.
Usage in marine vessels
The V8 configuration is not commonly used in marine vessels, however, several marine diesel V8 engines have been produced by companies such as Brons, Scania, and Yanmar.
Gray Marine Motor Company
was one of the first to use V8 engines for marine use.
Engines from American Motors Corporation
(AMC) were used from 1957 to 1968. They were marketed as "Fireball" inboards and available in versions using a variety of carburettor combinations including single and dual Carter one barrel YH side-drafts, Carter two-barrel, and Carter AFB/AVS four-barrel types. The engine is mostly the same as for automobile applications, with changes to freeze plugs and cam profiles (to reduce top rpm) but often has a reverse rotation for use in twin-engine boats.
Usage in motorcycles
Motorcycles have rarely used V8 engines, with the few in existence being built for motor racing.
In 1907, Glen Curtiss
set an unofficial world record of on a home-made motorcycle. The Moto Guzzi V8
was a motorcycle used for Grand Prix racing from 1955 to 1957.
The 1994 Morbidelli V8
was a concept motorcycle which did not reach production.
* Flat-eight engine
* Straight-eight engine
* W8 engine