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ON THIS DAY IN #F1: 4TH JUNE 1967

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On the 4th of June 1967, the Ford Cosworth DFV engine raced its first race. It was the third race of that season. It started on pole position driven by Graham Hill in a Lotus 49 – half a second clear. The race was won by Hill’s team-mate, Jim Clark, who blitzed the field.  This engine is behind more race wins (155)  world champions (12) and constructors championships (10) than any other engine in the history of Formula 1 .  DFV stands for Double Four Valve and is the product of two inline 4 cylinder twin-cam engines. The Four Valve four cylinder was produced for Formula 2, which followed the highly successful Lotus Ford Cortina that was introduced in 1963 until May of 1966. To form the V8, two of these original engines were put together. Who would have ever thought an engine for a Cortina would be the basis of such a legendary F1 engine?
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Indeed: it's incredible that this engine remained so successful and competitive for so long. Hard to imagine we'll ever see another engine leaving the same kind of legacy!
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