On 28th September, we celebrated our 65th anniversary with current employees, retirees, and special guests.
Hosted at our Northampton headquarters, the event was a fantastic showcase of the past, present and future of our illustrious company.
Since 1958, we have been at the forefront of innovation and performance within the motorsport sphere. Established by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth in a north London garage, we grew exponentially and moved to a bigger space in Northampton in 1964 - a venue that went on to produce some of the most iconic race engines of the 20th century.
Over the past six decades, we have evolved into an engineering powerhouse. Today, we develop a range of different high-performance propulsion, data and control systems, and battery systems for a multitude of industries, from automotive to aerospace.
In celebration of our achievements, guests and engineering feats from across all eras of our history were present to mark the momentous occasion. From the iconic Lotus 49 that gave us our first DFV F1 victory, to the hypercars of today that feature the brand’s breath-taking bespoke V12s, the myriad of sights and sounds were spectacular. Our high-performance battery solutions were on show, too, in the form of Speedworks’ 2023 BTCC contender, which uses our bespoke hybrid system as a push to pass device.
Throughout the day’s celebrations, members of our leadership team spoke about how the brand’s intrinsic DNA has been key to the success of the company. Hal Reisiger, CEO of Cosworth, also shared our company’s vision to harness that same philosophy to guide Cosworth into the future.
Amongst our special guests were legendary three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and revered Formula One designer Professor Gordon Murray. Throughout his 53-year career, Professor Gordon Murray has been harnessing our power in his designs, extending to today with his Cosworth-powered T.50, T.50s and T.33! Sir Jackie Stewart is the most successful driver in all of Cosworth’s Formula One history, and he had some very special things to say about us.
“For me, Cosworth is something that has lived with me since I got into what I call fairly high-level motorsport. Without any of the work that your predecessors have done, I wouldn’t be here today. It’s just great for Britain that you have such a good reputation globally. The success and reliability of Cosworth is a reputation that will never die, and that’s quality work.”
Professor Gordon Murray said: “It’s a real pleasure to be here and celebrate the 65th anniversary with you all. My history with Cosworth goes back 53 years, all the way back to 1970. I found myself running a Formula One team as a 26-year-old with a DFV, we had several wins and a World Championship with the DFV, and I designed the first car with a Cosworth engine to finish Le Mans – a bit of a milestone for both me and Cosworth. In 2007, we started the Gordon Murray Group and I have to say, we have come full circle because the T.50, of course, has a Cosworth engine. I said to Bruce [Wood] right from the beginning: “we are not going to call this anything but a Cosworth.” It’s a fantastic brand, so why would you not want to put it on the motor?"