For those of you who are into vintage racecars, here is one we think you’ll enjoy. The 1950 BRM V16 was an oddity, but it did make some awesome noise as it zoomed down the track. This footage is taken from the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and gives some explanation as to the BRM V16’s history, as well as some footage of it on the track.
The BRM V16 had a 1.5 liter V16 engine, as implied by the name. The small engine employed two superchargers and four magnetos but was notoriously unreliable and had difficulty producing suitable power in most output ranges. Only when the engine got above the 7000 to 7500 rpm range did the power output become more respectable. With 16 cylinders squeezed into only 1.5 liters, you’d have to imagine that this car had a redline that was pretty high.
Despite all of its flaws, the BRM is one of the best sounding cars we have ever heard. Even though it didn’t perform well on the track, we’re glad someone kept one around long enough to take the above video.
As for BRM, the iconic British racing shop didn’t last as long, capitulating in 1977. But BRM didn’t leave us before they built another famous 16 cylinder engine- a 3.0 liter flat 16(pictured below.) Though it could probably be seen as more of a success than the 1.5 liter V16, it didn’t pan out the way it was expected to. But, you know, there is certainly something to be said for effort.