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Road car with Cosworth DFV?

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 14:16 pm
by JBT
Dragging up an old memory here - back probably 20 years ago when we first got Sky Digital, I recall seeing a general motorsport programme - if anyone remembers it, the title credits had a Dakar Rally Land Rover Defender, in the sand dunes, doing a huge jump towards camera and destroying itself as it landed. Part of the programme covered an event at Santa Pod drag strip. One of the entrants was a black 2-door Ford Cortina mk3, road registered, running a Cosworth DFV!

I've never found any mention of it since, nor any reference to any other kind of DFV powered road car / vehicle that someone has attempted (barring the Ford Supervan 2 - I think that had a DFL in it). Has anyone else ever head of one?

Re: Road car with Cosworth DFV?

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 13:48 pm
by Everso Biggyballies
Williams had a Renault van with a full house V10 Renault F1 and running gear fitted.

Re: Road car with Cosworth DFV?

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 14:02 pm
by Everso Biggyballies
I tried to post a link of a youtube vid of it but Im using an Apple laptop and I have no idea how to drive it. Search YT for Renault Espace F1. Sounds great and looks pretty rad. Dont think it was road registered though.


Edit... im back home for a couple of hours and found this pic of the interior showing 4 seats in it.

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Plus a couple of video links....






This is quite a good one..... SFW himself talks about it and gets strapped in and taken for a few laps of Ricard.


Re: Road car with Cosworth DFV?

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 09:20 am
by Everso Biggyballies
I found reference to a road car running a DFX, which IIRC is the Indycar adapted version of the DFV....
Having said it is a road car, and I saw mention it was 'roadworthy', the pic is from a for sale ad describing it as a race car

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There was also the shortlived Alfa 164, built by Alfa for the then cancelled Procar series.... cancelled because of a lack of support from other manufacturers. It was powered by a V10 F1 Alfa engine and with a racing chassis and looked like a standard road car, with wider wheels. No flared arches or anything like that.

I read after a test session they drove it to the local pasta shop / supermarket. In fact it mentions it in the video. :smiley:

I know Patrese clocked 350kph (217 mph) on the Monza straight in the car. That is faster than the Senna driven McLaren MP4/4, which could only manage 309 kph (192 mph) at the same track. :haha:



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Re: Road car with Cosworth DFV?

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 13:04 pm
by JBT
Thanks Everso, I had forgotten about the Espace F1 and the Alfa 164 Procar. Both look badass :)

If I remember right, there was some involvement from Brabham (or Brabham employees) in building the 164, as Fiat / Alfa had bought the team in '88 from Bernie, who's idea it was about the Procar series?

The road car with the DFX looks pure evil!!