BRM P153

The BRM P153 was a Formula One racing car designed by Tony Southgate for the British Racing Motors team, which raced in the 1970, 1971 and 1972 Formula One seasons. It was powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine. Its best result was victory at the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix, where Pedro Rodríguez beat the second-placed March of Chris Amon by just 1.1 seconds.[1] The model was first shown in BRM's traditional British racing green, but by the time it appeared on the race tracks it was in the colours of the team's sponsor, Yardley of London.


In contrast to the other British teams, amongst whom the Cosworth DFV V8 had become nearly ubiquitous, BRM chose a different route for the P153's engine. In accordance with their long-standing practice of building both chassis and engine, they installed their existing 3.0 litre, 48-valve V12 engine, that produced approximately 435 bhp (324 kW), with a redline of 11,000 RPM.[citation needed] Magneti Marelli supplied their Dinoplex ignition system, and Lucas provided mechanical fuel injection.


Its gearbox was a sequential BRM P151 type with 5 speeds with reverse, which was connected to the engine by a Borg & Beck clutch.


It had an aluminium monocoque with tubular support attached to the engine. Its total weight was 535kg.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points WCC
1970 Owen Racing Organisation P153 BRM P142 V12 D RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA MEX 23 6th
Jackie Oliver Ret
Pedro Rodríguez 9
George Eaton DNQ DNQ
Yardley Team BRM Jackie Oliver Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret NC Ret 7
Pedro Rodríguez Ret 6 1 10 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 4 2 6
George Eaton Ret 12 Ret 11 Ret 10 Ret
Peter Westbury DNQ
1971 Yardley Team BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 F RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 361 2nd1
Jo Siffert Ret
Howden Ganley Ret 10 DNQ 7 10 8 Ret
Helmut Marko 11 Ret 12
John Cannon 14
1972 Marlboro BRM P153 BRM P142 V12 F ARG RSA ESP MON BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 142 7th2
Reine Wisell Ret
Helmut Marko 10 14
P153B 8 10
Vern Schuppan DNS

^1 All points scored by the BRM P160.
^2 All points scored by the BRM P160s and BRM P180.


  1. ^ Los Hermanos Rodríguez. 2006, p. 503
  • Melissen, Wouter (20 March 2007). "BRM P153". Retrieved 21 March 2010.