Small Wonder: Check Out This 1/3 Scale Cosworth DFV V8 Engine Both Running and In Detail!


Small Wonder: Check Out This 1/3 Scale Cosworth DFV V8 Engine Both Running and In Detail!

We love miniature engines and when we see truly incredible examples of small engines we love sharing them with you. In this case it is a 1/3 scale Cosworth F1 DFV V8. The engine was built completely from scratch and believe it or not, the dude who made the first one got it licensed by Cosworth and is now selling them. We’re guessing the price is not equivalent to the famed “visible V8″ stuff that you built as a kid with your dad.

The detail is astonishing and when you hear the thing run with its 1″ stroke and slightly under 1” bore, it has all the same screaming quality as the real versions that dominated F1 racing for many years naturally aspirated and then in turbocharged form.

As if the running engine were not enough, how about a freaking scale transmission complete with stub shafts coming out of it! We do not see a gearshift lever but we’re sure that the trans is filled with gears because why wouldn’t it be, right?

Take some time and watch both videos here. The craftsmanship is beyond compare and if there is a better way to honor this legendary engine and its race winning legacy, we don’t know what it is.

Check out the videos below to see a 1/3 scale Cosworth DFV Formula One V8 running!


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2 thoughts on “Small Wonder: Check Out This 1/3 Scale Cosworth DFV V8 Engine Both Running and In Detail!

  1. John Fox

    Not a true scale model. The Cosworth DFV was designed by Keith Duckworth (The other main designer at the company was Mike Costin and the Cosworth name is made from these two engineers) and used a complex chain of gears from the crankshaft to the 4 OHC cylinders. He did this because he needed to be able to fine tune the camshaft events to get maximum power output. The only toothed belt on the engine drove the water pump and the oil pumps. Duckworth did not trust toothed belt drive for the camshafts at the time it was designed. Although Cosworth had designed many replacement cylinder heads for various Ford engines this was the first full engine Duckworth actually designed from the crankshaft upwards. It was destined to be an exclusive engine paid for by Ford UK for the Lotus F1 team. The crankcase was also the main stressed member in the Lotus F1 chassis and started a new era where all the transmission and rear suspension was hung off the engine. This caused many problems in attaining sufficient rigidity in the crankcase castings.

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