DFV racers booked for Race Retro
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.