Lotus 49 was introduced by Colin Chapman for the first 3-litre Formula season in 1967. New FIA regulations left many of the independent teams like Lotus and Cooper without an engine. Solving this problem Chapman organized very productive Ford – Cosworth partnership by joining abilities of his old friends Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, the founders of the Cosworth engine tuning company, with financial backing from Ford. Using a Ford four cylinder as a base, the Cosworth team first developed a 16-valve 1600 cc FVA engine for Formula 2. It would form the basis for the three litre V8 readied for the 1967 season. The 49 was an advanced design in Formula 1 because of its chassis configuration. The specially-designed engine became a stress-bearing structural member bolted to the monocoque at one end and the suspension and gearbox at the other. Since then, virtually all Formula 1 cars have been built this way. In the 1967 season Team Lotus retained the 1966 World Champion Jim Clark, who was joined by Graham Hill moved from BRM. Works Lotus drivers started the season with 43 and 33 models before switching to 49 since Dutch Grand Prix, the third round of the championship. The car change was successful for Clark, who won the first race in the 49 (in Holland), and then won 3 more victories, eventually finishing in 3rd place in the championship. For Hill, the season was different. Moving to Lotus 49 after second place in Monaco at the wheel of Lotus 33, Hill found himself in a streak of technical retirements, returning to the podium only at the end of the season at the US Grand Prix.
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