Moto Guzzi Grand Prix 500 cc V8 — WOI Encyclopedia Italia

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The DOHC V8 at the Moto Museum, Mandello del Lario

By Moto Guzzi had already its engineering prowess, creating with a wide breadth of horizontal singles, parallel V-twins in in-line and transverse 3-cylinders, and 4-cylinders in horizontal and form. Ultimately The Moto V8 (The Otto Cylindri) Guzzi’s commitment to pushing boundaries.

The engine was conceived by Carcano, Enrico Cantoni, Todero, Ken Kavanagh and Fergus just after the 1954 Grand Prix and designed by Dr.

To introduce the bike, and build Moto Guzzi’s racing manager, Fergus Anderson. a letter to the international motorcycle announcing Guzzi’s plans for the Grand Prix season attaching a drawing of the new Otto and the to guess the configuration of Guzzi’s very secret racing Very few guessed correctly, and the made a stunning public a few months later.

The engine and the were without precedent: a cooled, 500 cc V-8 motorcycle — dual overhead cams and a carburetor for each of the eight Weighing only 45 kg (overall weight 148kg, 326lb), miniaturized components tightly the engine produced an unprecedented at 12,000 rpm. The motorcycle capable of achieving 172 mph (280 — 20 years before the was reached again in Grand motorcycle racing.

Tire, brake and suspension however, lagged behind the engine — making course field testing and and actual racing dangerous. Anderson crashed the motorcycle on its run in Modena. Ultimately, only Anderson, Stanley Woods. Dale, Ken Kavanagh. Keith

Guiseppe Colnago and Bill were ever able to ride the V8 motorcycle. Several of the experienced spectacular falls Bill Lomas suffering a injury at the 1956 Senigallia Prix. Ken Kavanah refused to the motorcycle after the 1956 at Spa-Francorchamps .

The Otto Cylindri proved complex and expensive to and maintain — bikes broken crankshafts, overheating, — all in addition to the danger the posed to the racers themselves. By there were two bikes and no one willing to race the bike without further development. In the The Otto remained undeveloped, as Guzzi and other manufacturers from racing entirely in the season.

Speculation suggests that further development, the V8 could proved a formidable Grand contender.

Two authentic examples of the remain in the possession of the Moto at the Mandello museum .


Engine: 4 … V8


Cooling: liquid cooled


Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara

Capacity: 499cc (44 x

Power output: 78hp at

Carburettors: 8 Dell’Orto 20mm

Gearbox: choice of 4, 5 or 6 gears


Front tyre: x 19

Back tyre 3.00 x 20


Maximum speed:

Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara
Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara
Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara
Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara

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