Video: The mighty sound of a V16 BRM

16th September 2021
Laura Thomson

What do you get if you put two 750cc V8s back-to-back with cam drives and gears in the centre? The answer lies within this video – a glorious cacophony of racing roar, as the BRM V16 takes to the Goodwood Motor Circuit at the 2014 Revival.

Funded by public subscription both in period and modern day, the iconic marvels of engineering were raced at Goodwood in the early days of the Circuit, winning a handful of Formula Libre races

Designed for Formula 1 in 1947 and raced until the mid-1950s, the unique engine layout produced 600PS (441kW) at 12,000rpm with a rumoured redline of up to 14,000rpm.

Ultimately, however, their complicated nature ruled them out of contention on the international stage. Nonetheless, they remain an important part of Goodwood’s history, and are as impressive on track today as they were way back when…

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