Road and Track Magazine recently published a story about how fuel-injected engines came to be. Here’s a snippet:
Hop in the car on a subzero winter morning and crank the ignition switch. For the first 85 years of motoring, nothing guaranteed successful ignition in this situation. Back then, we relied on the crude but easily serviced carburetor. Today, that serviceability is gone, replaced by the fuel injection system.
Fuel injection is reliable, far more efficient, functional at every temperature, and not at all a new idea. The technology’s been around since almost the advent of the internal combustion engine. Rudolph Diesel made it work on his engines, but the idea wasn’t universally implemented in gasoline power plants until the 1980s.