Who Created the First V8 Engine?

Who Created the First V8 Engine?

Leon Levasseur patented the first V8 engine in 1902. Anticipating that the newly invented airplane needed lightweight, powerful engines, he designed a light V8 that used fuel injection but lacked sufficient power for extended flight. Levasseur installed a number of these engines in European speedboats and a few airplanes.

The engines drew the attention of Alberto Santos-Dumont, who ordered larger and more powerful versions for use in a fleet of planes he planned to introduce by flying across the English Channel; however, two attempts failed due to engine failure.

The first uses of the V8 engine were in a 1905 race car built by Darracq and three vehicles built by Rolls-Royce between 1905 and 1906. A Massachusetts company also produced a V8 auto, the Buffum Runabout, in 1905. Cadillac adopted the V8 engine in 1914 and sold 13,000 cars containing them that year.