Pimp Your Ride With This Cosworth V8 Formula 1 Engine
— Updated on 18 August 2022

Pimp Your Ride With This Cosworth V8 Formula 1 Engine

— Updated on 18 August 2022

For those of us with project cars, there isn’t a day that goes by without thinking about the ultimate engine transplant we could squeeze into our engine bays. Even for those without a half-finished car under some blankets, we still appreciate a unique engine when it comes up for sale. Luckily for us, a seller in the USA is getting rid of something exceptional indeed, a unicorn, normally-aspirated, Cosworth V8 Formula 1 engine.

Used between the 2005 and 2013 seasons, the 2.4-litre V8 was found within the chassis’ of the Minardi, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Williams, Lotus, HRT, Virgin, and Marussia Formula 1 teams.

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The engine is capable of reaching 20,000rpm (hello Datsun 120Y), which was from the highest revving era of Formula 1’s lengthy history. All of these Cosworth V8s featured aluminium blocks and heads, with multi-point fuel injection and either a Cosworth or McLaren ECU depending on the year model. Power figures range between 720hp and 915hp, depending on configuration, but needless to say, it should be enough to win you a trophy at the local hill climb.

This particular engine on sale features an actual 2.4-litre V8 Cosworth CA block and corresponding headers, displayed on an engine stand. The unit is missing its intake, but I’m sure your local fabricator would have a crack at putting something together.

The Cosworth V8 Formula 1 engine is currently being used as a display, and the seller isn’t aware if the internals are original. We suggest you give them a call before dropping over $15,000 on that bad boy. The auction ends on Wednesday, August 17th.

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Justin Jackie is an experienced freelance writer, with more than half a decade of expertise in the world of automotive reporting and reviewing. With a breadth of Australian-based and international experience, his by-line has appeared in the likes of the New York Times, T Magazine, Mr Jones, Prestige Online and more. 


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