Originally Posted by dfree383
...as far as a HEMI is concerned its wasn't even developed by Chrysler they purchased the design after Ford turned the guy down.
Hemispherical combustion chambers existed before and were successfully run on internal combustion engines long before any american car makers created such an engine. They were successfully run in road racing in Europe (primarily Italian makes) in the pre-WWII era, at least.
The American makes brought about its hemi's in the post
war era. In a rather "twisted" way, hemi heads appeared with "credit" to all three makers. Chrysler
offered the first mass production american V8 hemi in 1951; Ardun made his hemi heads available for the Ford
flathead V8 initially, and at about the same time as Chrysler. (I haven't the faintest who might have had their motor running first...I speculate Chrysler.) But--and get this
--the Ardun Ford flathead hemi heads are the brainchild of Zora Ar
tov, who as we all know was hired by GM
and is the father of the chebby corvette.
In regards to John Force's development engine: this is a gray area for me, too, but I believe that what is being discussed here on this thread is the engine that was shut down by the NHRA after they caught wind of what Walt Austin, Force & Ford(?) were attempting...about 2-3 years ago.
And as far as I know, the last non-Chrysler based, non-hemi funny car to ever make a pass at an NHRA event was a Ford powered funny car built by Van Heskett. And as I understand it, the NHRA was not happy about the non-Chrysler engined car being there.