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• The only available book on the subject
• A detailed, superbly illustrated account of Ford DFV-powered F1 cars
• DFV-powered cars won 13 of 16 World Championships between ’68 and ’83
• Every Ford DFV-engined GP car illustrated and described
• The whole gamut of cars covered, from Amon to Wolf
• DFV-engined cars dominated F1 from ’67 to ’83
• An insight to a fascinating period of motor racing history
• Illustrated with 300 photos, many never before published
• Written by a leading motor racing author and researcher
• A limited edition of 1500 copies
A limited edition of 1500 copies. In 1965, Colin Chapman persuaded Ford to underwrite development of a V8 for the new 3000cc Grand Prix formula. Built by Cosworth, the new DFV engine won Lotus four World Championship Grands Prix in 1967. A year later, and now available to other constructors, the engine began its domination of Grand Prix racing.
This book is based on a concept placed with Veloce 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.
This important book is illustrated with more than 300 photographs, most of which come from the UK Ford Motor Company’s own archives.
Author Robson pays a proper tribute to the late Anthony Pritchard ... a good addition to F1 history at a fascinating period.
New Zealand Classic Car
… a useful source of reference not available elsewhere ... not only an excellent reference book but an enjoyable and informative one, written in the typically readable style we have come to expect from its prolific and respected author.
… the definitive guide to the DFV and derivative engined Fl cars, by an author who has met and spoken to most of the main actors over the years.
Graham Robson has written more about motor sport than most people will ever read, and this is classic 'Grobson' prose: wry, dry, occasionally witty and always authoritative ... this looks like a sure-fire future collector's item.
… a very useful reference …
Classic & Sports Car (UK)
…colourful and fun. A thorough look at several Formula One eras from a different angle.
… a detailed and superbly illustrated account of the Formula 1 cars powered by the legendary Ford-Cosworth DFV V8 engine … a great addition to any Ford or Cosworth fan's library.
… the definitive guide to the DFC and derivative engined F1 cars, by an author who has met and spoken to most of the main actors over the years.
Graham Robson's history of the DFV could not be more comprehensive. It is as detailed as it is photographically glorious and will be the key reference for anyone needing a large dose of DFV … It is hard to imagine a more complete work …
… a detailed look at the DFV-powered F1 car that dominated Formula one between 1969 and 1983 … The only thing that is missing is a sound track to play so you can fully experience these great sounding engines.
Hagerty Classic Cars Newsletter
A must for fans of racing.
Superbly illustrated account of all DFV-powered cars, providing an insight into a fascinating period of motor racing history.
A great piece of F1 history with many unique pictures.
Klassiek & Techniek
Wonderfully readable ... A must-have for every car enthusiast.
A fascinating everyday story ... Graham Robson has written two books in one; first it's a good story which includes the necessary heroes and villains, then comes the reference bible on what became the 'world's favourite Formula One engine'.
An encyclopaedic guide to a fascinating period of Grand Prix racing history.
Inspired by Anthony Pritchard's original research, Graham Robson has written an authoritative story that’s both brilliantly detailed and lavishly illustrated.
Reveals a period in motor racing history dominated by British teams, British cars, and the British-built Ford DFV engine.
Covers the period 1967-1985, and Ford DFV 3-litre V8-engined cars.