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    Alan Jones' victory in Sunday's (13 January) Argentina Grand Prix was the 126th out of a possible 176 for the remarkable Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.

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    SV: Car No.27 driven by Alan Jones on grid at start of 1980 of 1980 Argentine Grand Prix

    SV AND GV: Alan Jones rounding circuit (2 shots)

    CU: Machine milling lower crank case of DFV engine at Cosworth Factory in Northampton

    CU: Inspector checking lower crank case (3 shots)

    GV: DFX engine set up on test bed

    MV AND CU: Engineer making final adjustments before fitting cover to Cosworth DFV en engine (5 shots)

    MV: Designer of Cosworth engines, Keith Duckworth outlining his hopes for the future of Grand Prix racing to Visnews reporter Andrew Nutting. (2 shots)

    DUCKWORTH: "I'd like to see Grand Prix racing change, so that instead of us trying to run engines quicker and quicker in an attempt to get more power per litre, we change to having it fuel economy based. And we change the challenge of the racing engine design in trying to make engines that give the maximum power output for the fuel consumed. At the same time it is essential that we don't spoil the spectacle of racing or involve the driver in having to drive for economy. And it is for this reason that I have come up up with my proposal that Grand Prix racing should be changed to allow any type of engine -- gas-turbines diesel engines, petrol engines, two strokes, turbo charged engines -- any variety of engine to be used, but with a restricting device between the fuel pump and the engine that limits the maximum fuel flow rate to 27c.c. per second."

    NUTTING: "Would the new engine have benefits for the average motorists?"

    DUCKWORTH: "Oh, yes. I feel that if engines were designed for my 27c.cs. per second formula, then half of that Grand Prix engine would make the ideal basis for a top of the market road car engine.

    And apart from that, all the technology that we develop to try and improve the efficiencies of engines would be usable throughout the range of ordinary road cars and possibly trucks."

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    Background: Alan Jones' victory in Sunday's (13 January) Argentina Grand Prix was the 126th out of a possible 176 for the remarkable Ford-Cosworth DFV engine. Since its first victory at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967, the Cosworth has proved to be a remarkable piece of engineering. But its designer, Keith Duckworth said on Wednesday (16 January) that he feels Grand Prix racing should now adopt a new formula based on fuel economy which would have applications for the whole motor industry.

    SYNOPSIS: Alan Jones' victory in the Saudia-Leyland Williams followed an exciting race in which Jones himself spun off twice and was forced to make a time-consuming pit stop. Despite deteriorating track conditions, Jones lapped the Buenos Aires autodrome at an average speed of nearly 115 miles (185 kilometres) per hour. Jones' record of five wind in the last seven Grand Prixs gives him a great chance of becoming the tenth winner of the world championship in a Cosworth-powered car.

    Production of the DFV at the Cosworth factory in Northampton involves precision engineering and painstaking inspection to ensure accuracy to within point-zero-five of a millimetre.

    Cosworth also produce other engines including the DFX which powered the last two winners of the Indianapolis 500. But the company's success was based on the performances of the DFV, which took less than eighteen months from the drawing-board to victory in its first Grand Prix attempt. Despite the continuing success of the DFV designer Keith Duckworth feels it is time for a change in formula one racing.

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