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Mike Costin

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British Grand Prix, Formula 2 Race, Silverstone July 1956. Lotus Development Director Mike Costin on left holding notes.Colin Chapman in Lotus 11. Chief Mechanic John Crosthwaite on right leaning on car.
Mike Costin, born Michael Charles Costin on 10th July 1929, Hendon, was together with Keith Duckworth the co-founder[1] of Cosworth Engineering, a producer of Ford-sponsored engines. Drivers like Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet won the Formula One World Championship using Cosworth engines during the 1970s.[2]

He was educated at Salvatorian College in Wealdstone and then apprenticed at De Havilland. In 1953 he started at Lotus, initially helping out on a part time basis. Keith Duckworth joined Lotus in 1957 and they founded Cosworth Engineering in 1958. He later described himself as having "studied for 40 years at the University of Duckworth".[1]

In recent years he has been a consultant to the revived Triumph motorbike company.[1]

Mike Costin is the younger brother of Frank Costin , an aerodynamics and race car designer for Lotus, Lister and Maserati, and co-founder of Marcos Cars.


  1. ^ a b c "Keith Duckworth". Daily Telegraph. 2005-02-22. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Heritage /History". Cosworth. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 

Further reading

Cosworth: The Search for Power by Graham Robson; Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; ISBN 1-84425-015-6

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