Golden Start to the Year for Cosworth at HMI
Cosworth's presence at this year's Historic Motorsport International (HMI) will have an extra special feel to it as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary DFV engine.
On June 4 1967 Jim Clark drove his Lotus 49 to a resounding victory in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. In the back of that car, on its first competitive outing, was the Ford Cosworth DFV engine; an engine that dominated Grand Prix racing for the remainder of the 1960s, the entire 1970s and into the 1980s. The DFV engine went on to take 155 Grand Prix victories from 262 races.
50 years on from that famous victory in the Netherlands it's time for Cosworth to celebrate one of the greatest engines ever built. As a dynamic show celebrating historic motorsport, the HMI is a perfect way to start the DFV festivities.
Cosworth will be proudly displaying a Lotus 49b that was introduced and raced for the first time during the 1968 Formula 1 World Championship. Following comprehensive updates from the previous season's Lotus 49, the Lotus 49B was produced, which took Graham Hill to the World Drivers' Championship, and set the benchmark for Formula 1 cars for many seasons to come.
Away from the DFV celebrations the company will also have a Benetton B190 on display. Resplendent in its multi-coloured livery, the Benetton B190 proved to be a competitive package in the 1990 Formula 1 season, achieving two victories at the end of the year with Nelson Piquet. The B190 was the work of legendary F1 designers Rory Byrne and John Barnard, and was propelled by Cosworth's nimble HB power plant.
In addition to the cars that will be showcased, several famous Cosworth engines will be on display, such as the DFV Engine and the YB engine.
It was the YB engine that provided the power for the RS500 Sierra Cosworth, the legendary car celebrating its 30th birthday in 2017. The Cosworth-powered machine won 15 major series around the world including the 1988 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, the 1988 and 1989 Australian Touring Car Championship and the British Touring Car Championship in 1990. In a feat that remains unmatched by any other car before or since, the Cosworth RS500 claimed a remarkable 40 consecutive race victories at its peak.
Cosworth's CA model, which is the most recent F1 engine produced by Cosworth, will also be on show. The 2006 specification of this engine was the first in Formula One history to reach 20000rpm, whilst the 2010 edition helped power Niko Hulkenberg to a Pole Position at the Brazillian Grand Prix.
The HMI may be a chance to reflect on Cosworth's past glory but it is also an opportunity for the public to learn more about the services that the company still provide to the historic and classic car industry. Pistons, heads and component parts for cars ranging from the historic Lotus 49 up to the classic Jaguar E-Type are still supplied by Cosworth.
The HMI will be held at ExCeL London from 23-26 February and will feature a star-studded line-up of speakers including Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Jürgen Barth. Cosworth will be found at stand HM1967. Please make sure you pop by and join us in celebrating one of the most famous engines in motorsport history.