Talk:V8 engine

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idle sounds[edit]

Why sounds the idle different then the running engine on higher rpms on old v8s? and why does the hemi and other old v8 and even racing v8s the polyrythmic rumble while the new engines have lost that wonderfull idle and sounding now straight like all other v8s?what is the point?

Railroad usage[edit]

from the article:

"...railroad locomotives tend to use the straight-6 configuration..."

With the exception of small industrial or switching (shunting) units, locomotives typically are powered by Vee designs, generally in 8, 12, 16 or (more rarely) 20 cylinders. Some early EMD switchers were powered by a V-6 design. ALCO did use some inline-sixes, but these units are mostly of historical interest now.

Bigdumbdinosaur (talk) 00:18, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

I've removed it. Although straight-6 and V8 locomotive engines aren't unknown, they're both too unusual to be mentioned in passing like this. Even for small (200 bhp) engines, these layouts are rare in locomotive use. Andy Dingley (talk) 10:03, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Country Engine Sounds[edit]

Wich other engines from other countrys sounds like the american v8? Saludacymbals (talk) 8 April 2012

The American V8 has a distinctive sound because of its unbalanced firing order (LRLLRLRR) emphasises first one bank and then the other, giving a burble sound. This is only true of the V8's with cross plane cranks but most American V8's are of this type because they make less second order vibrations, giving more thump-thump, less buzz. Race V8's often use flat plane cranks which sound and feel more like two 4-cylinder engines but make more power due to less first order vibrations (which kill bearings), giving less thump-thump and more buzz. Australian (eg Holden 308) and Japanese passenger V8's (eg Lexus 1UZ-FE) sound like American V8's for the same reason.  Stepho  talk  20:30, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Mercury Racing - significant in-house engine[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Toneron2 (talkcontribs) 23:12, 7 October 2012 (UTC)

This article is / is not[edit]

This article is "V8 engine". This article is not "List of V8 engines". I propose to remove the exhaustive lists of countries, manufacturers and engines from the article and get it back to what it should be. --Biker Biker (talk) 20:11, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

British V8's.[edit]

In the section on British V8's, the writer forgot to include the two V8's launched by Riley in 1935. The smaller one was essentially two 1100cc Riley Nine engines on a common crank, complete with four rocker boxes and a 2.2 litre displacement. The larger, more ambitious, version was based on two 1500c.c. '12/4' engines, had triple camshafts and 2.8 litres.

The smaller engine powered the Riley Eight-90 or Golden Flash, also sometimes known as the 8/90. This consisted of the V8 engine and pre-selector gearbox in the longer six-cylinder chassis to start with, the wider Two-and-a-Half-Litre chassis later on. Bodywork was, theoretically, any of the larger Riley styles of the time, but in practice almost all were the formal Adelphi saloon, except for two fastback Kestrels, one of which was built for a member of the Riley family. The Eight-90 was not a success. Though fast in a straight line the engine was too heavy and even with a longer wheelbase the effort required to steer and brake was unacceptably great. The destruction of Riley's chassis records during the big air-raid of December 1940 makes it difficult to be certain about production numbers. But, if memory serves, the Riley Register reckons there to have been around twenty in total.

The bigger engine formed the heart of an extraordinary gamble on the part of the Riley brothers: they decided, in the depths of the Great Depression, to lauch an entirely new ultra-luxury brand into a market which was already saturated. What was more, they developed an entirely new engine and chassis, established the new company entirely seperately, with it's own factory and chauffeur training school, and even headhunted Daimler's chief designer to design the car. The new marque was called Autovia, it's badge and radiator were magnificent, it's target was Rolls-Royce and it was utterly doomed from the start. Three body styles were offered, a D-back Limousine, a slightly more rakish Touring Limousine and a handsome 4-light Close-Coupled Saloon, all built by Mulliners of Birmingham. But, whether examples of all three styles were actually completed has been the subject of debate, as has the total number of cars completed before the project collapsed along with the parent company in 1937.

These projects undoubtedly contributed to Riley's financial collapse and slow absorbtion by Morris and B.M.C. However, it's worth pointing out that since the 1905 Rolls-Royce V8 and the slightly later Darracq were only made in tiny numbers, and since Riley got their V8 on sale before Standard, the Riley engines have a strong claim to being Britain's first ever production V8's. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:02, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

That was a fascinating read. Please feel free to add a shortened form of it to the article (say, one or two paragraphs) but back it up with suitable references. Much of it could also be added to the Riley Motor article - again, with suitable references.  Stepho  talk  05:30, 2 July 2014 (UTC)