The Ford Cosworth DFV engine first appeared at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967, powering the Lotus 49s of Graham Hill and Jim Clark. Hill claimed pole position, and Clark won the race - a remarkable debut for an engine that went on to become the most successful ever in Formula One. The DFV won a remarkable 155 Grands Prix, the last of which was in 1983, 16 years after its debut. Published to coincide with the DFV's 40th anniversary, this beautifully produced book tells the full story of this remarkable engine's development and evolution.
Table of Contents
The Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth partnership that led to the formation of Cosworth, and the negotiations that led Ford bankroll an all-new engine for Colin Chapman's Lotus team. Designing the DFV - how the V8 engine was designed by 'doubling up' two FVA F2 engines, and how it was used as a structural member on the Lotus 49. DFV domination - DFV cars and drivers win F1 World Championships in 1968-74, 1976, 1978 and 1980-82, while derivatives win at Le Mans, and dominate Indy racing from the mid-1970s into the 1980s. DFVs today - details of the engine's use in historic racing, including specialists and specifications. Appendices providing details of the competition record year-by-year, a comprehensive F1 record detailing every race entry by a DFV-powered car, and details of all DFV variants with specifications and production numbers.
Andrew Noakes is a senior lecturer in Automotive Journalism at Coventry University, having previously worked as a freelance motoring journalist, contributing to a wide range of motoring magazines. He lives in Warwickshire.