Moto Guzzi’s incredible shrinking 0.5-liter V8

Thanks to the wonderful efforts of the Moto Guzzi racing team, mankind will be able to survive a powerful hit by an alien shrinking ray with our V8-powered sports cars intact. For we have The Otto, this frantic little 30½ cubic inch jewel which powered Moto Guzzi’s Grand Prix racing motorcycles from 1955 to 1957 all the way to 170 mph, making 78 hp at 12,000 rpm. In 1955! It had eight independent carburators! Two wheels may be bad—as evidenced by the riders who wouldn’t go near Guzzi’s overpowered, diabolical machine—but eight cylinders are very, very good.

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