Hispano-Suiza was formed in 1901 and is
historically famous for its automobiles and engines. The Hispano-Suiza V-8
aircraft engine of 1914 powered the SPAD XIII.
After World War I, Hispano-Suiza's aviation subsidiary (Hispano Aviacion)
license built first British and French, then Italian and German aircraft.
After the second World War, Hispano-Suiza continued license building
aircraft engines to become a division of SNECMA in 1968.
8A was introduced near the end of 1914 and produced 140 hp. Continued
refinement of this design produced 220 hp by 1917.
The Hispano-Suiza 8 was license built by Wolseley of Britain as the W.4
(named Python, Viper or Adder) and by Wright-Martin in the U.S. as the
- 8-cylinder vee-piston engine
- Displacement: 718 cubic inches (11.8 litres)
- Bore x stroke: 120 x 130 mm