There was another Suzuki based V8 engine done quite a few years before the, now well known, Hayabusa V8, it’s the Sesco Suzuki V8. Actually, we could also call it a Kawasaki V8 or a Yamaha V8, because it could be any of those, too.
When I was talking to Greg Nelson of Nelson Engineering about his V-Quad engine, we also talked a bit about the V8. Greg used to race circle track back in the early 1980s and this engine was created to run in midget racers. It used a Sesco Engineering built dry sump crankcase and it could be fitted with two banks of four cylinders from Suzuki, Kawasaki or Yamaha motorcycle engines. The engines were air cooled but they were also fitted with a hefty 6400 Btu oil cooler which actually handled much of the cooling work. It had Hilborn fuel injection and a single belt drive handled the magneto, fuel pump and oil pump. The whole engine weighed in around 220 pounds and had an 11,000 rpm redline. Greg says he still has one of these and parts for several more.
It’s interesting that this engine was built 25 years ago and worked very well. It’s no wonder the Hayabusa based V8, using more advanced engines and technologies is such a winner. Just another new idea from the past. Neat.