At a time when many manufacturers are reviving old models, BRM has just woken up a V16 engine that has been dormant for nearly 22 years. Surprise, it spits flames at 12,000 rpm!
The automotive world as a whole is now looking to the future. Electric power would be the primary propulsion for new cars, but luckily there is a little corner of this world looking to the past. A past in which glorious engines lived. Aston Martin recently unveiled its rebuilds of the DB5 Goldfinger, Lotus is inspired by an old Formula 1 for the sound of the Evija … Here is a video that does not talk about new technologies, but rather alludes to the past. What you’ll hear in the video below is pure and loud: a V16 BRM.
Yes, it’s a supercharged 1.5-liter V16 producing 591 horsepower and capable of running well over 12,000 rpm. At the time, it sent all of its power to the rear wheels of a BRM-built single-seater via a 5-speed manual gearbox. British Racing Motors is responsible for this video in which the sound is even more important than the picture. In fact, the idea is to reuse its V16 engines to equip three new examples of the car signed BRM of the 1950s: the Type 15 V16 F1. The video in question focuses on engine number two. These tests were carried out so that the company’s engineers could learn more about the intricacies of the engine before they could fit it into a “new” car.
A mechanical cathedral?
With over 36,000 pieces, this is a very complex block. The job of adapting this engine was made all the more difficult since it had not been started since 1999, when former F1 BRM driver Jose-Froilan Gonzalez made the mistake of doing so. revving up during BRM’s 50th anniversary celebration at the UK’s Silverstone circuit.
Hall and Hall is involved in the restoration process and has indicated that this unfortunate event has left many scars. But the fact that it’s working again is a testament to how hard everyone is working on this project. In fact, engineers use around 20,000 original drawings to make sure that the cars they are about to build will be identical to the original models from 1950. BRM says it “There will be no modern interpretation. It will be exactly as it was then ”.