BRM P138

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BRM P138
Surtees at 1969 Dutch Grand Prix.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor British Racing Motors
Designer(s) Len Terry
Predecessor P133
Successor P139
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium alloy monocoque
Axle track Front: 1,575 mm (62.0 in)
Rear: 1,575 mm (62.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,375 mm (93.5 in)
Engine BRM 2,998 cc (182.9 cu in) V12 naturally aspirated, mid-mounted
Transmission BRM 5-speed manual
Weight 540kg
Fuel Shell
Tyres 1968: Goodyear
1969: Dunlop
Competition history
Notable entrants Owen Racing Organisation
Notable drivers Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
United Kingdom John Surtees
Debut 1968 Spanish Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
10 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The BRM P138 was a Formula One racing car designed by Len Terry which raced in the 1968 and 1969 Formula One seasons. It was powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine.

Racing History[edit]

1968[edit]

The P138 raced two races in 1968 but retired from both races due to engine failures, Mexican Pedro Rodríguez at round nine in Italy and American Bobby Unser at round eleven in the United States.[2][3]

BRM finished the season in fifth place in the Constructors' Championship with twenty eight points, although all had been scored by the BRM P126 and BRM P133.

1969[edit]

The first race of the 1969 season was the South African Grand Prix with Englishman John Surtees and Jackie Oliver driving, Surtees drove the P138 and Oliver in the BRM P133, Surtees retired from the race with engine failure.[4] The Englishman finished fifth at Spain.[5] The Monaco Grand Prix saw Surtees retire with a broken gearbox due to him missing a gear and the Brabham of Jack Brabham crashed into the back of Surtees.[6] The Englishman finished ninth at Holland.[7] BRM skipped the French Grand Prix because of the team rebuilding, with Tony Rudd departing and the horrible start of the BRM P139. The P138 was not used at Britain because Surtees drove the P139 but the P138 reappeared at the German Grand Prix with Englishman Jackie Oliver driving but retired with an oil leak.[8] The P138 was not used at Italy because Oliver had a second P139 to drive but the P138 reappeared at the Canadian Grand Prix with Canadian Bill Brack driving but was ten laps down and not classified.[9] Brack was replaced by Canadian George Eaton but retired from the final two races of 1969, engine failure at the United States and a broken gearbox at Mexico.[10][11]

BRM finished the season in fifth place in the Constructors' Championship with seven points for the second season running, although all but two had been scored by the BRM P133 and BRM P139.

Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)(results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points WCC
1968 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P142 3.0l V12 G RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 28 1 5th 1
Pedro Rodríguez Ret
Bobby Unser Ret
1969 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P142 3.0l V12 D RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 7 2 5th 2
John Surtees Ret 5 Ret 9
Jackie Oliver Ret
Bill Brack NC
George Eaton Ret Ret
Source:[1][12]

^1 Points also scored by the BRM P126 and BRM P133.
^2 Points also scored by the BRM P133 and BRM P139.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stats F1. "BRM P138". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix results, Italian GP 1968". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Grand Prix results, United States GP 1968". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Grand Prix results, South African GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Grand Prix results, Spanish GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Grand Prix results, Monaco GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Grand Prix results, Dutch GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Grand Prix results, German GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Grand Prix results, Canadian GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Grand Prix results, United States GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Grand Prix results, Mexican GP 1969". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. pp. 79, 124, 271, 321, 371 and 396. ISBN 0851127029. 

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