2 comments for “Dem cubes, dem cubes, can’t beat dem cubes

  1. dearieme
    November 13, 2019 at 18:16

    Frenchman Leon Levavasseur was a 39-year-old inventor in 1902 when he took out a patent for the first V-8 engine he called the Antoinette … [it] enjoyed a brief run between 1903 and 1912 powering monoplanes, racing boats and early passenger cars using lightweight 25- or 50-horsepower V8s.


    Note that you can’t “invent”a V8 engine if some Frog has invented it already. What you can do is develop it. For all I know the Ford development was a beauty but an invention it wasn’t.

    P.S. We once had a car with the Rover aluminium V8 – they’d bought and re-engineered a GM design. It accelerated beautifully. Our current turbocharged diesel v6 accelerates beautifully too. Perhaps a “green” government might offer us a bung to scrap it. Preferably just when it is about to meet a natural death.

    • November 13, 2019 at 19:06

      Didn’t think Bentley did a V6 diesel.

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