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Formula 1 2.4-litre Cosworth V8 engine up for auction

Today's Formula 1 cars are true technological showcases and are more efficient than ever. But they are not as exciting as those of the go


Today’s Formula 1 cars are true technological showcases and are more efficient than ever. But they are not as exciting as those of the golden age of the premier class of motoring. The electrified, turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engines are nothing like those V8s, V10s and V12s that came before them. Now, a prestigious auction house has sold a Formula 1 2.4-litre Cosworth V8 engine.

This engine was built for different teams on the grid, such as Minardi, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Williams, Lotus, HRT, Virgin and Marussia.

Formula 1 2.4-litre Cosworth V8 engine up for auction

These engines, like the one sold at auction at Collecting Cars, were built from blocks of aluminium alloy, 98 millimeters in diameter per cylinder and 39.8 millimeters of piston stroke. They also feature multi-point electronic fuel injection and, at their peak, were capable of producing more than 915 hp and 407 Nm of torque.

The report on this particular Formula 1 Cosworth V8 engine is not mentioned no details about engine history, or whether or not it was ever raced or only used as a show piece. It’s also unclear if any of the internals, like the pistons, are present or have been removed.

In any case, it is a unique collector’s item for true Formula 1 lovers that could be used for display purposes but, if the engine is complete, it could perhaps have a new life in another car or vehicle. The engine has been sold for $26,250, about €25,800.