The Alfa Romeo 8C name was used on road cars, racing and sports 1930s. The 8C means 8 cylinders, and originally referred to a straight eight-cylinder. The Vittorio Jano designed 8C was the main engine of the Alfa Romeo race since its introduction in 1931 until his retirement in 1939. In addition to the two-seater sports car that was used in the first true world car grand prix car racing, the car ‘Type B’ – P3 from 1932. Vehicles in its subsequent development fueling such as 6.3-liter twin Bimotore 1935, 1935 3.8 liter Monoposto 8C 35 Type C, and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster. Works also built high-end models of the production of buses. In 2004, Alfa Romeo 8C resumed the name of a concept car with V8 engine that has been in production in 2007, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
In 1924 Vittorio Jano created his first straight eight-cylinder engine of the Alfa Romeo P2 1987 cc, with common crankcase and four plated steel two cylinder blocks, which won the World Championship for the first in 1925. Although he was 8 8C designation law has not been used. 8C engine, first entered the way the Mille Miglia race in Italy in 1931, had a common housing, now with two blocks alloy four-cylinder, which also includes the heads. The bore and stroke were the same as the 6C 1750. There was no separate head and head gasket to fail, but this valve maintenance more difficult. A central gear tower drove the camshafts, blowers and auxiliaries.
1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
The first model is the 1931 ‘8 C 2300 ‘, a reference to the 2.3 L engine car, originally designed as a race car, but it is actually produced in 188 units also for road use. While the racing version of the 8C 2300 Spider, driven by Tazio Nuvolari won the 1931 and 1932 Targa Florio race in Sicily, the 1931 Italian Grand Prix at Monza victory gave the “Monza” name to two places GP car, a smaller version of the Spider. The Alfa Romeo factory often added the name of events won in the name of a car. The 8C 2300 Le Mans model exhibited at the Museum Alfa Romeo was bought by Sir Henry Birkin in 1931 for the competition, but not the car in which Birkin and Howe won the 1931 Le Mans 24 hours.
8C 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600
In 1933, twin cam supercharged straight-8, enlarged to 2.6 liters for the type B, adapted to Monzas Scuderia Ferrari 8C. Scuderia Ferrari has become the “semi-official” racing department of Alfa Romeo, who are no longer enter races as a factory effort due to the poor economic situation of the company. With the first motor 215 hp 2.6, the corridor Monoposto Type B could accelerate to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds and can reach 135 mph. For 1934, the race engines became 2.9 liters. Tazio Nuvolari won the 1935 German GP at the Nurburgring, driving a 3.2 Type B Silver Arrows against the most powerful Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900
The 8C 2900 was designed to compete in sports car racing in general, and in particular the Mille Miglia. L We used version 2.9 of the engine and chassis 8C is based on the 35 Grand Prix races 8C. As such, he had a line 8-cylinder 2.9-liter engine using two Roots type compressor powered by two Weber carburetors updrafts and fully independent suspension with rear suspension arm Dubonnet coil springs at the front and with a transverse leaf spring hinged at the rear.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster 1938
In 1938, Alfa Corse, a racing team of Alfa Romeo’s house, took over the activities of the Scuderia Ferrari, as well as many members of his staff, including Enzo Ferrari. Corse Alfa 8C 2900B prepared four cars 1938 Mille Miglia for short. These used Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera body roadster. Three of these cars had their engines tuned to give 225 hp, while the fourth, assigned to Biondetti had an engine Alfa Romeo Type 308 Grand Prix car, which delivers 295 hp. The cars finished in the top two spots, with Biondetti Pintacuda victory and finishing second after leading the race from Piacenza to Terni, where its brakes locked. The other two 8C 2900B Mille Miglia roadsters does not end Farina Eugenio Siena crashed and had an engine failure. Dusio Piero finished third in a private 8C 2900A seizures. One of the 2800B Mille Miglia Roadster later won the 24 Hours of Spa in 1938 and led Pintacuda Severi.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Le Mans 1938-Special
Alfa Romeo 8C also prepared and entered into an 8C 2900B simple, chassis number 412033, 1938 in Le Mans. The car featured a shaped cut both Le Mans racers were almost always open. Aerodynamic coupe was built by Carrozzeria Touring. In 1987, an Italian magazine tested the car Pininfarina wind tunnel, which measured a Cd of 0.42, against 0.38 with vents closed. The coupe driven by Sommer and Biondetti, led most of the race but tire problems was followed by a dropped valve. The car was driven to the pits, but he had to retire. When the valve is dropped, the coupe had a lead of 160 miles over the next car.