DFV rac­ers booked for Race Retro

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Race Retro or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to gather a col­lec­tion of Cos­worth DFV pow­ered rac­ing cars to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the iconic en­gine.

Mike Costin, the co-founder of Cos­worth En­gi­neer­ing will be cu­rat­ing the dis­play which will in­clude up to eight cars from the Don­ing­ton Grand Prix Col­lec­tion, with the Wil­liams FW08 and Lo­tus 49B con­firmed.

Race Retro is be­ing held at Stoneleigh Park, War­wick­shire, from 24-26 Fe­bru­ary 2017 and Costin is ex­pected to be on Mo­tor Sport Live Stage on two of the three show days to speak about how Cos­worth cre­ated an en­gine that dom­i­nated F1. The days Costin will be ap­pear­ing and stage times will be con­firmed closer to the event.

The DFV or Dou­ble-Four Valve was de­vel­oped through Ford’s spon­sor­ship in 1967 for Colin Chap­man’s Team Lo­tus. Jackie Ste­wart, Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi and Nel­son Pi­quet all won For­mula One World Cham­pi­onships us­ing Cos­worth ‘Dou­ble Four Valve’ en­gines in the 1970s.

The en­gine was named Four Valve be­cause of the four valves per cylin­der con­fig­u­ra­tion, and Dou­ble as it was a V8 devel­op­ment of the ear­lier, four-cylin­der FVA (four valve type A en­gine), mak­ing it a Dou­ble Four Valve or DFV.

Event di­rec­tor Daniel Nwaokolo is clearly look­ing for­ward to the spec­ta­cle. ‘The Cos­worth DFV is syn­ony­mous with the great­est era of For­mula 1 and to have the dis­play cu­rated by de­signer Mike Costin, one of the great­est en­gi­neers of our time, just makes it even more spe­cial,’ he says.

The Wil­liams FW08 was driven by Derek Daly, Keke Ros­berg, Jac­ques Laf­fite, and Jonathan Palmer. It won two of the 27 races it com­peted it.

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