COS­WORTH GREATS

Picking the high points from 60 years of fet­tling, for both road and track

Classic Sports Car - - Contents - WORDS PAUL HARDIMAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY COS­WORTH/MO­TOR­SPORT IM­AGES/DAIM­LER AG/JAMES MANN

Cos­worth was founded in Lon­don 60 years ago, born of a part­ner­ship be­tween Mike Costin and Keith Duck­worth, for­mer Lo­tus em­ploy­ees who re­alised that they could “make a liv­ing mess­ing about with en­gines” – and that mess­ing about quickly came to dom­i­nate For­mula Three. Sup­ported by Ford in the 1960s and ’70s, and with sev­eral sub­se­quent own­ers, the com­pany col­lected an ex­cep­tional 176 For­mula One wins as an en­gine sup­plier, the last of them for Gian­carlo Fisichella’s Jor­dan at Brazil in 2003.

To­day, it is a global con­sul­tancy with ex­per­tise in ev­ery­thing from pow­er­train de­vel­op­ment to elec­tron­ics, and has col­lab­o­rated on en­gine design with nu­mer­ous firms – some of them se­cret. Here’s our pick of the best it ad­mits to.

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