The first V-8 engine was built around 1905 by Leon Levavasseur in France. The engine was based on his 1902 patent for a light gasoline V-8 engine. The engine was named "Antoinette" after the daughter of his banker.Know More
An Antoinette engine was first used in speedboats in 1901. In 1905, it was built as a water-cooled engine containing 8 cylinders arranged in a "V." This engine generated 50 horsepower and weighed 110 pounds. The Antoinette V-8 engine was the most popular engine of Europe until about 1910.
Henry Ford introduced one of the first V-8 cars in the United States in 1932. The 1932 Ford V-8 Carbriolet had 65 horsepower and helped begin the era of the American car.Learn more about Inventions
The first working railway steam engine was built by Richard Trevithick in 1803. Called the Pennydarren, Trevithick's invention was powerful enough to pull 10 tons of iron, five wagons and 70 passengers on a 9-mile journey that took 4 hours and 5 minutes.Full Answer >
The first boats are believed to have been built by the prehistoric hominid species, Homo erectus. The oldest boat to be recovered archaeologically is the Pesse dugout canoe from Holland dated to approximately 8,000 B.C.Full Answer >
Nicolaus August Otto and Eugen Langen created the first gasoline engine. At the time, many engines used coal gas or other flammables as fuel, but the Otto design exhibited at the 1867 Paris World Exhibition was the first to be adapted to run on gasoline.Full Answer >
The primary difference between V6 and V8 engines is that a V6 has six cylinders, while a V8 has eight cylinders. Both V6 and V8 engines have cylinders arranged in a V-configuration. In this configuration, the engine contains two rows of three or four cylinders that are parallel to each other and extend out from the engine block in a V-shape.Full Answer >