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BRM

British

  • British Racing Motors Official Name
  • Bourne, England Base
  • 1951 F1 Debut
  • Raymond Mays and Peter Berthon Team Boss
  • n/a Technical Chief
  • 1 World Championships

British Racing Motors (BRM) was established in 1945 in the picturesque market town of Bourne, Lincolnshire, and quickly made a name for itself in F1 between 1951 and 1977.

Notable Team Members and Drivers

Graham Hill: One of the most successful drivers in Formula 1 history, Hill drove for BRM between 1960 and 1966 and won his first World Championship in 1962 with the team.

Jackie Stewart: Before achieving greater fame with Tyrrell, Jackie Stewart drove for BRM from 1965 to 1967.

Tony Rudd: An engineer rather than a driver, Tony Rudd was instrumental in the technical development of BRM cars. Rudd played a key role in developing the V16 engine and later the H16 engine, although both projects faced challenges.

Throughout its 26 seasons, BRM made its mark with 197 Grand Prix races and 17 wins. The pinnacle of BRM’s success came in 1962 when it clinched the Constructors’ Championship. This achievement was amplified by the performance of their driver, Graham Hill, who also won the 1962 Driver’s Championship.

Following their success in the early 1960s, BRM remained competitive, finishing as runner-up in the constructors’ championship in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1971.

Including Graham Hill, six World Champions, Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, and Niki Lauda, drove for BRM. The team also featured other prominent drivers such as Froilan Gonzalez, Stirling Moss, Jo Bonnier, Pedro Rodriguez, Jo Siffert, Peter Gethin, and Jean-Pierre Beltoise.

BRM was also known for designing, building, developing, and racing engines with various configurations, including 4, 8, 12, and 16 cylinders, notably opting for the unconventional 16-cylinder engine on two occasions. The V16 engine, designed in the 1940s, was a 1.5-litre powerhouse generating over 600bhp. It was the first engine to rev beyond 10,000rpm, surpassing the maximum speeds of many other cars around them. Its deafening exhaust notes have cemented its legacy as the most iconic-sounding Grand Prix car ever. In the 1960s, the 3.0-litre H16 engine, though overly complex and hampered by a poor power-to-weight ratio, has come to be recognised as a remarkable feat of engineering, especially given the small size of the company that designed, built, developed, and raced it.

Alongside its Formula 1 efforts, BRM collaborated with Rover to construct a Gas Turbine car that competed in the 1963 and 1965 Le Mans races, successfully finishing the 24-hour race both times. During 1970-1971, BRM also developed and raced 8.0-litre prototype sports cars in the North American Can-Am series and the European Interserie series.

BRM Formula One World Championship Records

First entry1951 British Grand Prix
Races entered197
Constructors’ Championships1 (1962)
Drivers’ Championships1 (1962)
Race victories17
Pole positions11
Fastest laps15
Final entry1977 Italian Grand Prix

BRM Drivers’ Champions

The following drivers won the Formula One Drivers’ Championship for BRM F1.

DriverNationalityChampionship Year
Graham HillBritish1962

BRM Championship Results

The World Constructor’s Championship was not awarded until 1958.

YearCarDriversPointsWCC
1951BRM 15Peter Walker
Reg Parnell
Ken Richardson
Hans Stuck
1952-1953No works team
1954Maserati 250FKen Wharton
1955Maserati 250FPeter Collins
1956Maserati 250F
BRM P25
Mike Hawthorn
Tony Brooks
Ron Flockhart
1957BRM P25Ron Flockhart
Roy Salvadori
Herbert MacKay-Fraser
Jack Fairman
Les Leston
1958BRM P25Harry Schell
Jean Behra
Maurice Trintignant
Joakim Bonnier
Ron Flockhart
184th
1959BRM P25Harry Schell
Joakim Bonnier
Ron Flockhart
183rd
1960BRM P25
BRM P48
Graham Hill
Joakim Bonnier
Dan Gurney
84th
1961BRM P48/57Graham Hill
Tony Brooks
75th
1962BRM P57
BRM P48/57
Graham Hill
Richie Ginther
Bruce Johnstone
421st
1963BRM P57
BRM P61
Graham Hill
Richie Ginther
362nd
1964BRM P261
BRM P67
Graham Hill
Richie Ginther
Richard Attwood
422nd
1965BRM P261Graham Hill
Jackie Stweart
452nd
1966BRM P261
BRM P83
Graham Hill
Jackie Stewart
224th
1967BRM P261
BRM P83
BRM P115
Jackie Stewart
Mike Spence
176th
1968BRM P126
BRM P115
BRM P133
BRM P138
Pedro Rodríguez
Mike Spence
Richard Attwood
Bobby Unser
285th
1969BRM P138
BRM P133
BRM P139
Jackie Oliver
John Surtees
Bill Brack
George Eaton
76th
1970BRM P153
BRM P139
Pedro Rodríguez
Jackie Oliver
George Eaton
Peter Westbury
237th
1971BRM P153
BRM P160
Jo Siffert
Howden Ganley
Pedro Rodríguez
Vic Elford
Peter Gethin
Helmut Marko
John Cannon
362nd
1972BRM P160B
BRM P153
BRM P180
BRM P160C
Reine Wisell
Howden Ganley
Helmut Marko
Peter Gethin
Àlex Soler-Roig
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Vern Schuppan
Jackie Oliver
Bill Brack
Brian Redman
147th
1973BRM P160C
BRM P160D
Clay Regazzoni
Niki Lauda
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Peter Gethin
127th
1974BRM P160E
BRM P201
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
François Migault
Henri Pescarolo
Chris Amon
107th
1975BRM P201Mike Wilds
Bob Evans
0NC
1976BRM P201BIan Ashley0NC
1977BRM P207
BRM P201B
Larry Perkins
Conny Andersson
Guy Edwards
Teddy Pilette
0NC

BRM Drivers

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Tyrrell 1965 South African Grand Prix F1 Legend
Austrian McLaren 1971 Austrian Grand Prix F1 Legend