The DFV engine… a powerful force in Formula One…
- The 2,993cc V8 DFV engine project cost £100,000. £25,000 of this was used to develop the related 1,600cc four-cylinder FVA engine.
- The engine was originally intended for the exclusive use of Colin Chapman’s Lotus Formula One team.
- The Lotus 49/Ford DFV combination was successful from the start, driving Jim Clark to victory in the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix.
- The DFV proved so successful that Lotus agreed it should be used by other teams from 1968 onwards for fear of scaring away the competition.
- The engine was still winning races in the 1980s and derivatives of the engine were raced until 1991.