The 1950 BRM TYPE 15 illustrates all that is good and bad in British engineering
The Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a regular guest and this years stage features the 1950 BRM Type 15, a 16 cylinder race monster.
The Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a regular guest at most continental classic car shows (including Essen Techno Classica and Retro Classics Stuttgart), with a regular staff and brilliant exhibits. This years stage features the 1950 BRM Type 15, a 16 cylinder monster. British Racing Motors was founded in the 1940s with the overarching aim to build a purely British Grand Prix racing car. The 1950 BRM type 15 was a single-seater race car powered by a 1500 cc supercharged V16 housed beneath its long bonnet, capable of delivering 600 hp at 12,000 rpm.
The team brought on board some of the greatest pilots such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss as well as British ace Reg Parnell. This particular model helped launch BRM’s long motorsports career, but did not achieve much in the 1950 season. In fact the car never really achieved anything over its three seasons, partly also due to changing regulations. The 1950 BRM type 15 that was showcased at Rétromobile belonged to the Beaulieu National Motor Museum since August 1983. It has been fully restored, 2380 engine parts had to be checked… and some of them even had to be rebuilt.