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> For you audiophiles..., BRM's H-16 singing as recorded from several different mics.
post May 10 2010, 09:59 PM
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THIS LINK is of the motor being developed for the 1967 BRM. Plus a few other sounds.

Put some headphones on, sit back and close your eyes. Imagine it's 1966 and you're trackside (or in the car for part of it). Great stuff.

This picture shows Jackie Stewart driving the BRM P83, fitted with the huge H-16 engine, at Spa. The long straights of Spa suited the car perfectly, and Stewart used that to take the BRM into the lead after Clark's Lotus had run into problems. However, Stewart himself got gearbox problems in the last few laps, and Dan Gurney passed him to take the win. At the tighter tracks, the terribly overweight 695 kg BRM P83 was uncompetitive - with a weight/power ratio of 1.72 kg/hp. BRM had spent a lot of money on developing the P83 and the H-16 engine, and its lack of performance was a severe blow for the team.

The mighty BRM H-16 engine, first built in 1966. This strange, complex, engine consists of two 1.5 liter 16 valve 180 degree V8's, placed on top of each other, forming the unique 'H-16' shape. It produced some 405 horsepower at 10500 revs, but it was terribly over-weight, and very unreliable. To top it all off, it was very difficult to drive, due to a lack of torque. Jackie Stewart is believed to have said "This piece of metal is better used as a ship's anchor, than as a power plant". The H-16 powered the BRM P83's and the single P115 in 1967.

From the German Grand Prix onwards, Jackie Stewart used a 70 kg lighter model (625 kg) of the BRM P83 - called the P115. But with a weight/power ratio of 1.54 kg/hp, it was still uncompetitive. This picture shows Stewart as he gets sideways over the jump at kilometer 12.8 of the Nürburgring. It took him over 100 meters to regain control over the car after this incident!

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post May 25 2010, 10:21 PM
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Awesome ! ! !

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