Engine Standardization: Remember The Cosworth DFV

Mike WilkinsCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2008

Grand Prix career: 1967-1983 
Grands Prix wins: 155 
Which driver is this? 
Well, almost! 
During the years 1967 to 1983 the Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 (and it's derivatives) was raced by almost all the grid, with exception of mainly the Italians (Ferrari and Alfa Romeo), and was sold almost off the peg by Keith Duckworth and Mike Costin. 
It enabled many private teams to enter F1 as the costs were at a reasonable level, provided years of fantastic racing and a fabulous sound, and no-one ever said that it was dumbing down of the sport. In fact that engine is legendary. 
I know that all the talk of "engine standarisation" and lowering costs is making many people wary, but the "Cossie" never ever had that effect on anyone, and probably made F1 what it is today. Just ask the teams that used that engine that are still about today, including McLaren, Williams and many others. 
I'm a firm believer in F1 being the absolute pinnacle of automotive engineering, but I can see that, if it does happen, this standardizing of various things can only promote better racing and get more teams onto the grid as costs and any difference of performance will be lower. We could have grids of 24/26 cars again and what a sight that would be. 
Just remember the DFV.