Engine Sound-off: BRM 1.5 litre V16

Davin threw down the engine sound gauntlet with the Mazda 767B, which was in response to my post on the Ligier Matra. Today I offer 1.5 litres of supercharged fury. This is the sound a mechanical Sabre-tooth Tiger would make.

British Racing Motors (BRM) was born during the twilight of World War 2 as an all British racing consortium meant to compete at the highest levels of racing. BRM’s first racing car was the Type 15 which was first raced in 1950. The Type 15 featured a 1.5 litre supercharged 16 cylinder engine producing over 550 hp. The BRM Type 15 only ran in a handful of races (driven by such notables as Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio) and was a failure as a racing engine.

Although it was not reliable, I think it sounds incredible. How about you?

The video is a slideshow with audio of a Type 15 running on a track.

Make the jump for bonus footage of a naked BRM Type 15 rendering spectators deaf at the 2010 Goodwood Revival.


This next video shows some of the troubles that plagued the V16 yesterday and today. It has two distributors and two dynamos providing spark. Unfortunately, the Rolls Royce supercharger runs at around 5bar (yes, that’s over 70 psi) and appears quite able to overpower the ignition. Still, don’t you think it sounds glorious?

2 thoughts on “Engine Sound-off: BRM 1.5 litre V16

  1. Pingback: Engine Sound-off: 4AGE (16v) + ITBs + 10,000rpm = Winner « StartingGrid.org- Automotive Lifestyle Blog

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