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  BRM P578
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1962
Numbers built:5 (2 never raced)
Predecessor:BRM P57
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 30, 2015
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Engine
Configuration P56 90º V8
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium alloy block and head
Displacement 1,498 cc / 91.4 cu in
Bore / Stroke 68.5 mm (2.7 in) / 50.8 mm (2 in)
Compression 10.5:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Camshaft Gear driven
Fuel feed Lucas Fuel Injection
Lubrication Dry sump
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 193 bhp / 144 KW @ 10,250 rpm
Torque 136 Nm / 100 ft lbs @ 9,750 rpm
BHP/Liter 129 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Body aluminium
Chassis steel tubular spaceframe
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension double wishbones, lower radius rods, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion
Front Brakes Dunlop discs, 267mm (10.5 in)
Rear brakes Dunlop discs, 241mm (9.5 in)
Gearbox BRM P27 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 490 kilo / 1,080 lbs
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,280 mm (89.8 in) / 1,335 mm (52.6 in) / 1,325 mm (52.2 in)
Fuel tank 118 Litre (31.2 Gallon US / 26 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels (fr/r) Dunlop 5 x 15 / 6 x 15

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.39 bhp / kg

Race history
Major wins
1962 Dutch Grand Prix (Graham Hill in 5781)
1962 German Grand Prix (Graham Hill in 5781)
1962 Italian Grand Prix (Graham Hill in 5781)
1962 South African Grand Prix (Graham Hill in 5785)
1963 Monaco Grand Prix (Graham Hill in 5785)
1963 USA Grand Prix (Graham Hill in 5785)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • BRM Volume 2, by Doug Nye
  • 1½-Litre Grand Prix Racing - Low Power, High Tech, by Mark Whitelock
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