BRM P160

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BRM P160
BRM P160E front Donington Grand Prix Collection.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor British Racing Motors
Designer(s) Tony Southgate
Predecessor P153
Successor P180 / P201
Technical specifications[1][2][3][4][5]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, coil springs
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, coil springs
Axle track Front: 1,473 mm (58.0 in)
Rear: 1,448 mm (57.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,464 mm (97.0 in)
Engine BRM 2,998 cc (182.9 cu in) V12 naturally aspirated, mid-mounted
Transmission BRM P161 5-speed manual
Weight 550 kg (1,210 lb)
Fuel 1971: Shell
1972: BP
1973: STP
1974: Motul
Tyres Firestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Yardley Team BRM
Marlboro BRM
Team Motul BRM
Notable drivers Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Peter Gethin
New Zealand Howden Ganley
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
Austria Niki Lauda
Debut 1971 South African Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
50 3 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 P160 was a Formula One racing car designed by Tony Southgate for the British Racing Motors team, which raced in the 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 Formula One seasons. It was powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine.

Race history[edit]

1971[edit]

The P160 made its debut at the 1971 South African Grand Prix, but only one was entered for Pedro Rodríguez which retired with overheating. Switzerland's Jo Siffert drove the P153 in South Africa but drove the P160 for the rest of 1971.[6] At Spain the Swiss retired with a broken gearbox and the Mexican finished 4th.[7] The Monaco Grand Prix saw Siffert retire with a broken oil pipe and Rodríguez finished ninth.[8] At Holland the Swiss finished sixth and the Mexican second.[9] The French Grand Prix saw Siffert finished fourth and Rodríguez retire with an ignition failure.[10] 11 July 1971, The Mexican was killed in an Interserie sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, Germany. BRM only entered Siffert for Britain who finished ninth.[11] He was joined by Englishman Vic Elford for the German Grand Prix. The Swiss was disqualified for taking the short chute into the pits, after his right-hand lower front wishbone began to detach itself from the chassis and his ignition coil started to malfunction. Elford finished 11th.[12] At Austria New Zealand's Howden Ganley switched from the P153 to the P160 and Englishman Peter Gethin joined for the remainder of the year. Siffert took the victory, Gethin finished 10th and Ganley retired with an ignition failure.[13] The Italian Grand Prix saw the Englishman win and the New Zealander fifth but it was the closest finish in history between them and Ronnie Peterson's March, François Cevert's Tyrrell, and Mike Hailwood's Surtees. Siffert finished ninth.[14] At Canada Canadian George Eaton joined the team but it was a bad race for BRM. Ganley did not start due to a crash, Siffert was ninth, Gethin 14th and Eaton 15th but the race was stopped after 64 laps due to the weather.[15] The United States Grand Prix saw Austrian Helmut Marko join and Siffert finish second, Ganley fourth, Gethin ninth with Marko 13th,[16] Siffert died in the World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch. When approaching Hawthorn Bend at high speed on lap 15, Siffert's BRM suffered a mechanical failure which pitched it across the track into an earth bank. The car rolled over and caught fire, trapping Siffert underneath.

1972[edit]

BRM kept New Zealand's Howden Ganley and Englishman Peter Gethin who were joined by Spaniard Alex Soler-Roig, using the P160B specification version for 1972 before it was replaced by the P160C version mid-season. The 1972 Argentine Grand Prix saw Soler-Roig retire with an accident. Gethin also retired with an oil leak and Ganley finished ninth. Jean-Pierre Beltoise missed Argentina because of legal problems following an accident that claimed the life of Ignazio Giunti in January 1971.[17] At the South African Grand Prix, the Frenchman's engine failed, the Englishman and the New Zealander were nine and fourteen laps down respectively and were not classified.[18] The Spanish Grand Prix was a bad race for BRM with all of their drivers retired; Soler-Roig and Sweden's Reine Wisell with accidents, Beltoise with a broken gearbox and Ganley's engine failed.[19] At Monaco, the Frenchman took victory, the Englishman retired when he crashed and the Swede also retired when his Engine failed.[20] The Belgian Grand Prix saw Ganley eighth, Beltoise retire with overheating and Gethin also retire with a fuel pump failure.[21] At France, the Frenchman finished 15th, the Swede retired with a broken gearbox and the Austrian also retired with an eye injury after a stone thrown up by Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus pierced his helmet visor, permanently blinding him in his left eye and ending his driving career.[22] At the British Grand Prix Beltoise finished 11th, Gethin's engine failed and Jackie Oliver's suspension failed.[23] At Germany, the New Zealander finished fourth, the Frenchman ninth and the Swede retired when his engine failed.[24] The Austrian Grand Prix saw Ganley sixth, Beltoise eighth and Gethin 13th.[25] In Italy the Englishman finished sixth, Ganley 11th, and the Swede 12th.[26] The Canadian Grand Prix saw Ganley 10th and Gethin retire with suspension failure.[27] Engine failure caused both to retire in the United States[28]

1973[edit]

The BRM P160C specification began the 1973 before being replaced by the BRM P160D and BRM P160E spec versions mid-season. Beltoise was joined by Clay Regazzoni and Niki Lauda, The 1973 Argentine Grand Prix saw Reggazoni finish seventh, Beltoise retire when his engine failed and Lauda also retire with oil pressure failure.[29] At Brazil, the Swiss finished sixth, the Austrian eighth and the Frenchman retired with electrical problems.[30] The South African Grand Prix was a bad race for BRM as all of their drivers retired; Beltoise's clutch failed, Lauda's engine failed and Reggazoni crashed and was hit by Mike Hailwood who went to pull the Swiss driver from his burning car. Hailwood's driving suit caught fire, but after being extinguished by a fire marshall he returned to help rescue Regazzoni, an act for which he was awarded the George Medal.[31] In Spain, the Frenchman finished fifth, the Swiss ninth and the Austrian retired with tyre problems.[32] The Belgian Grand Prix saw Lauda fifth, Reggazoni 10th after an accident and Beltoise was fourteen laps down and was not classified.[33] The 1973 Monaco Grand Prix was a bad race for BRM with all of their drivers retired, Beltoise had an accident, Lauda's Gearbox broke and Reggazoni's brakes failed.[34] The Swedish Grand Prix saw the Swiss ninth, The Austrian thirteenth and the Frenchman retire with engine failure.[35] At France, Lauda finished ninth, Beltoise 11th and Reggazoni 12th.[36] The British Grand Prix saw the Swiss seventh, the Austrian 12th and the Frenchman retired because he was involved in a first lap crash and did not restart.[37] In Holland, Beltoise finished fifth, Reggazoni eighth and Lauda retired with a fuel pump failure.[38] The German Grand Prix was a bad race for BRM with all of their drivers retired, The Frenchman's gearbox broke, The Swiss's engine failed and the Austrian's suspension failed, causing an accident from which he escaped with a broken wrist.[39] The accident forced Lauda to miss his home race in Austria but on Lauda's home track Beltoise finished fifth and Reggazoni sixth.[40] The Italian Grand Prix, saw the Frenchman finish 13th, the Austrian retire with an accident and the Swiss also retired when his ignition failed.[41] Peter Gethin replaced Reggazoni for Canada but he retired with a broken oil pump. Lauda also retired with a transmission failure and Beltoise finished fourth.[42] The 1973 United States Grand Prix saw the Swiss eighth, the Frenchman ninth and The Austrian retire with a broken oil pump.[43]

1974[edit]

The BRM P160E competed in most of the 1974 season before being replaced by the BRM P201. Beltoise stayed but Clay Regazzoni and Niki Lauda both left for Ferrari and were replaced by Henri Pescarolo and François Migault

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1971 Yardley Team BRM P160 BRM 3.0 V12 F RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 36 2nd
Pedro Rodríguez Ret 4 9 2 Ret
Jo Siffert Ret Ret 6 4 9 DSQ 1 9 9 2
Vic Elford 11
Peter Gethin 10 1 14 9
Howden Ganley Ret 5 DNS 4
George Eaton 15
Helmut Marko 13
1972 Marlboro BRM P160B
P160C
BRM 3.0 V12 F ARG RSA ESP MON BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 14 7th
Howden Ganley 9 NC Ret 8 4 6 11 10 Ret
Peter Gethin Ret NC Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret
Alex Soler-Roig Ret Ret
Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret 1 Ret 15 11 9 8
Reine Wisell Ret Ret Ret Ret 12
Helmut Marko Ret
Jackie Oliver Ret
1973 Marlboro BRM P160D
P160E
BRM 3.0 V12 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA 12 7th
Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret 5 13 4 9
Niki Lauda Ret 8 Ret Ret 5 Ret 13 9 12 Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret
Clay Regazzoni 7 6 Ret 9 10 Ret 9 12 7 8 Ret 6 Ret 8
Peter Gethin Ret
1974 Team Motul BRM P160E BRM 3.0 V12 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 10 7th
Jean-Pierre Beltoise 5 10
Henri Pescarolo 9 14 18 12 Ret Ret Ret
François Migault Ret 16 15 Ret 16 Ret 14 NC DNQ

Non-Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engines Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1971 Yardley Team BRM P160 BRM 3.0 V12 F ARG ROC QUE SPR INT RIN OUL VIC
Pedro Rodríguez 10 1 4 DNA
Jo Siffert 6 Ret 4
Peter Gethin Ret 1
Howden Ganley Ret
1972 Marlboro BRM P160B
P160C
BRM 3.0 V12 F ROC BRA INT OUL REP VIC
Peter Gethin 4 Ret 6 Ret Ret 5
Jean-Pierre Beltoise 6 DNS 2
Howden Ganley 7 DNA 5
Helmut Marko 4
Vern Schuppan 4
1973 Marlboro BRM P160D
P160E
BRM 3.0 V12 F ROC INT
Jean-Pierre Beltoise 6
Niki Lauda Ret 5
Vern Schuppan Ret 9
Clay Regazzoni 3
1974 Team Motul BRM P160E BRM 3.0 V12 F PRE ROC INT
Henri Pescarolo 7 7 4
Jean-Pierre Beltoise 8
François Migault 5

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