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Grand Prix Ford #2# Ford, Cosworth and the DFV

ISBN-10: 1845846249

ISBN-13: 9781845846244

 

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Grand Prix Ford #2# Ford, Cosworth and the DFV

by Graham Robson

This book is based on a concept by Anthony Pritchard shortly before his death in 2013. Graham Robson has written a detailed and superbly illustrated account of the Formula 1 cars powered by the Ford DFV V8 engine. This all-conquering power unit was the result of discussions between Colin Chapman, boss of the Lotus car company, and the UK Ford Motor Company. Design, development and manufacture was entrusted to the Cosworth company in Northampton, in response to Lotus' desperate need for an engine for the 3000cc Formula 1 regulations that came into force for 1966. Lotus had exclusive use of the DFV in 1967, its first season, when Jim Clark drove the DFV-powered Lotus 49 to four World Championship victories.

Becoming available to other Formula 1 teams in 1968, adopters included McLaren and Matra. Graham Hill won the Drivers' Championship with DFV-powered Lotus cars in 1968, and drivers of DFV-powered cars won the Championship in 13 out of 16 years. Year by year, the power of the DFV engine increased; new companies were set up to overhaul the DFV; and engines prepared by these companies were more powerful than those emanating from the factory.

Robson's narrative starts with a look at Ford's strategy of entering F1, a description of the design and development of this engine, and details the successes - and failures - of every Formula 1 car powered by the DFV engine. During these years the only manufacturer to successfully challenge DFV power was Ferrari, with drivers Lauda and Scheckter winning the Drivers' Championship on three occasions. Because the DFV later gave rise to successful derivatives, such as the turbocharged DFX, and the DFY, DFZ and DFR evolutions, these are also analysed.

Contents:

  • Ford UK enters motorsport - 1950s and 1960s
  • Cosworth, the rise and rise ... - Keith Duckworth, Mike Costin and Walter Hayes
  • DFV - Birth, development and maturity of the F1 engine
  • DFV - F1's favourite engine - 1960s, 1970s and 1980s - The team-by-team record
  • Ford and the DFV's dominant period - The evolution of the 3-litre F1 category, 1966–1985
  • Major rivals
  • DFX and DFR - The extended family
  • Appendices

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 272 Seiten, 313 überwiegend farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text