Look at how many times Offenhauser won the Indy 500 with four cylinders.. THIRTY SEVEN victories..
The Offy had a great run for sure, but it was a Lotus with a Ford Coyote engine that put an end to that.
The latter Cosworth Ford did pretty well too!
•Ford introduces double-overhead cam V8 Indy car engine. Jim Clark wins Indianapolis 500 pole in a Lotus-Ford.
•Jim Clark scores Ford’s first victory in the Indianapolis 500, driving a Lotus-Ford. Cars powered by the DOHC Ford V8 finish 1 through 4.
•Mario Andretti becomes first Ford-powered driver to win the USAC (Indy car) national championship.
•Ford Cosworth DFV V8 engine makes Formula One debut, driven to victory by Jim Clark in a Lotus-Ford in the Dutch Grand Prix. Between 1967 and 1983 the engine would win 154 races, power 12 world champion drivers and 10 world champion constructors.
Now that Ford has introduced the new Coyote V8, it seems natural to me that the engine should find its way into a Lotus.
One of the cars I built was a replica of a 1965 AC 289 slab side Cobra. It took about 300 hours to build and $28K to build. The car sold for $52K I thought I made a $24K profit. Or I guess it was break even at $80 per hour for my time? Here is a pic of my Cobra