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  BRM P154 Chevrolet

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1970
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Tony Southgate for BRM
Successor:BRM P167 Chevrolet
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 04, 2016
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTasked to drive the BRM P154 was the team's Candian F1 driver George Eaton, who had previously raced in the Can-Am with private entries. The car was ready for the opening round at Mosport where Eaton qualified seventh but failed to finish with mechanical issues. This revealed a weakness in BRM's operation caused mainly by the lack of experience with running and more importantly properly tuning the big American engine.

All this was briefly forgotten a fortnight later when Eaton placed third at Mont-Tremblant. This success was short-lived as Eaton would not finish another race that season due a myriad of problems. For the final three races, he was joined by Mexican Pedro Rodriguez; the team's principal F1 driver. He actually faired a little better, finishing ninth at Donnybrooke, fifth at Laguna Seca and third at Riverside.

Following the disappointing season, the car was reworked with heavily revised aerodynamics. A shovel nose and a separate rear wing were added to create a more stable platform. The new Group 7 racer was known as the P167 and it is believed that both an existing P154 chassis and a brand new car was built. To test the water, the P167 was first entered in the European Interserie Championship for Brian Redman.

The changes had clearly paid off as Redman took two wins. Following the promising results, one car was shipped to North America for the final Can-Am rounds. Howden Ganley drove the car to fourth at Laguna Seca and Redman was back behind the wheel at Riverside where he finished third. For 1972, the P167 was back out in the Interserie resulting in two wins for Ganley and a single victory for Helmut Marko.

After three seasons with mixed results, BRM sold the Group 7 program lock, stock and barrel to privateer racer David Hepworth, who already owned one of the P154s. He continued to race the BRMs with limited success in the Interserie into 1974.

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  Article Image gallery (28) Chassis (2) Specifications