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The BRM P139 was a Formula One racing car designed by Alec Osborne,[1] based on the original P126/133/138 design by Len Terry, which raced during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. It was powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine. The car was uncompetitive, which resulted in team boss Tony Rudd being asked to resign, with his position being taken over by Tony Southgate, Tim Parnell and Aubrey Woods.[4] After the team did not attend the French Grand Prix, a redesigned P139 appeared at the British Grand Prix, with a roomier, more bulbous cockpit and additional strengthening, giving the P139 a cylindrical appearance.[4] The revised car was barely an improvement on the original P139, and was replaced by the P153 for the 1970 season. The P139 made one final appearance, at the 1970 South African Grand Prix, driven by George Eaton, who was effectively paying for his drive, and thus did not receive a 'works' P153.[4]

BRM P139
BRM P139.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorBritish Racing Motors
Designer(s)Alec Osborne
PredecessorP138
SuccessorP153
Technical specifications[1][2][3]
ChassisAluminium alloy monocoque
Suspension (front)Lower wishbones, top rockers actuating vertically mounted inboard coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Suspension (rear)Reversed lower wishbones, top links, twin radius rods, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar
Axle trackFront: 1,549 mm (61.0 in)
Rear: 1,498 mm (59.0 in)
Wheelbase2,426 mm (95.5 in)
EngineBRM P142 2,998 cc (182.9 cu in) V12 Naturally aspirated, mid-mounted
TransmissionBRM 5-speed manual
Weight550kg
FuelShell
TyresDunlop
Competition history
Notable entrantsOwen Racing Organisation
Notable driversUnited Kingdom John Surtees
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver
Debut1969 British Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
8000
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points WCC
1969 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P142
3.0 V12
D RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX 7 1 5th 1
John Surtees Ret Ret NC Ret 3 Ret
Jackie Oliver Ret Ret Ret 6
1970 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P142 3.0 V12 D RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA MEX 23 2 7th 2
George Eaton Ret
Werner Bickell DNA
Source:[2][5]

^1 Two points scored by the BRM P138.
^2 All points scored by the BRM P153.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b OldRacingCars.com. "BRM P139". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Stats F1. "BRM P139". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ Ultimate car page. "BRM". Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Pritchard, Anthony (1986). Directory of Formula One Cars: 1966-1986. Bourne End, Great Britain: Aston Publications Limited. p. 49. ISBN 0 946627 02 9.
  5. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. pp. 271, and 371. ISBN 0851127029.