I have been asked by several people over the years to write down the history of 'fuel injecting the V8 engine'. As I think all documentation has been lost, I will have to rely on my memory. Without factual evidence I will not mention names except in tribute or because I have forgotten them. I was the project engineer designated by Lucas Electrical to be responsible for fuelling the Rover V8 engine. This engine was to be fitted to the Rover SD1 and Triumph TR8.
In 1976 BL Management approached Lucas, enquiring whether they would be interested in fuelling the V8 engine. After initial negotiations had taken place, George Whitehurst and myself
from Lucas were instructed to discuss the engineering side of this project with Jack Swain of Rover. It transpired that early in 1975 Bosch and Rover had got together and Rover had, to
Bosch's specification, designed and built a V8 engine modified to accept P.I. A prototype engine had been fitted to a Rover P6 vehicle. Bosch had then completed the vehicle installation
and carried out emission testing. This engine had previously been used by Bosch for initial assessment on a test bed. Lack of resources forced Bosch to re-evaluate their EFI commitments
and due to the following:
It was jointly agreed by Rover and Lucas that Lucas should present a programme to meet the following requirements: