The Alfa Romeo 8C name was used on road, race and sports in the 1930s. The 8C means 8 cylinders, and originally referred to an 8-cylinder engine online. Engine Vittorio Jano designed 8C was Alfa Romeo’s main competition since its introduction in 1931 until his retirement in 1939. In addition to the two-seater sports car that was used in the first Grand Prix car race real cars in the world, the Monoposto ‘Type B’ – P3 from 1932. In its development is powered vehicles such as two Bimotore 1935 6.3 liter engine , the 1935 3.8-liter Monoposto 8C 35 Type C , and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster. In 2004, Alfa Romeo 8C took the name of a prototype V8 engine has made production for the year 2007 , the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
In 1924 Vittorio Jano created his first eight-cylinder engine in line Alfa Romeo 1987 cc P2, with common housing and four double plated steel cylinder blocks , which won the first ever world championship in 1925. Even though it was right – 8 designation was not used 8C. 8C engine , first entered in 1931 Mille Miglia road race in Italy , had a common housing , now with two blocks alloy four-cylinder , which also includes the heads. The bore and stroke , they were the same as the 6C 1750. There was no separate head and cylinder head gasket failure, but the maintenance of the valve more difficult. A central tower cam gear made ??, compressors and auxiliary.
The first model was the 1931 ‘8 C 2300 ‘ , a reference to the car’s engine 2.3 L, originally designed as a race car , but actually produced in 188 units also for road use. While the 2300 racing version of the 8C Spider driven by Tazio Nuvolari won the Targa Florio race in Sicily in 1931 and 1932 , winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in 1931 gave the ” Monza ” for the two-seater GP car an abridged version of the Spider. The Alfa Romeo factory often adds won the event on behalf of a car name. The 8C 2300 Le Mans model exhibited at the Museo Alfa Romeo was bought by Sir Henry Birkin in 1931 for competition, but not the car in which Birkin and Howe won the 1931 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In 1933, the supercharged DOHC straight -8 engine , enlarged to 2.6 liters of type B, adjusted to the Scuderia Ferrari Monzas 8C. Scuderia Ferrari became the ” semi race department -. Official” Alfa Romeo , which is not entered in the race as an effort of the plant due to the poor economic situation of the company with the first 2.6 engine 215 ch, corridor B Monoposto could accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds and could eventually reach 135 mph. for 1934 race engines became 2.9 liters. Tazio Nuvolari won the German GP 1935 Nürburgring driving a Type 3.2 against the most powerful BL silver Arrows of Mercedes – Benz and Auto Union.
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 was designed to compete in sports car racing in general and in particular the Mille Miglia. Version 2.9 was used 8C L engine and the chassis is based on Grand Prix Racing 35 8C. As such , he had a 2.9-liter eight -cylinder in -line with two Roots-type compressor powered by two Weber carburetors updraft and fully independent suspension dubonnet type rear suspension with coil springs tilting front axle and transverse spring rear blades.