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Now, in Volume 3, the intriguing story is told of the monocoque-chassised V8 Formula 1 and Tasman cars which BRM designed, manufactured and campaigned between 1963 and 1968, and which private owners continued to run at premier level for two further seasons. These were the exquisite 'Swiss watch' BRM V8s which were only narrowly defeated in the Formula 1 World Championships of 1964 and 1965 when they were driven by BRM's former World Champion Driver, Graham Hill, and his meteoric young teammate, protégé and future triple-World Champion Driver, Jackie Stewart.
But there is much more within these pages than the impressive story of the monocoque V8-engined Formula 1 BRMs alone. During the evocative era of the 1960s, BRM V8 racing engines were.also adapted and adopted by France's fast-rising new Matra Sports company to power its endurance racing Coupe cars for Le Mans. The BRM V8 engine design also spawned a 1-litre four-cylinder derivative power unit—the P80 — for Formula 2 single-seater racing, which was adopted by Matra Sports, Cooper, Lola and Lotus for part of their European Championship challenge through 1965-66. The full story of both programmes is detailed here in Volume 3.
And still Volume 3 offers more, including the story of the British Aircraft Corporation's amazing 'Jumping Jeep' military hovercraft programme which is told for the first time — because plans were being laid for the British military to go to war with twin-engine BRM V8 power behind their backs!
In these 368 pages are presented more than 400 photographs and factory team drawings and over 200,000 words of text and captioning to match the critically acclaimed first two Volumes of this outstanding motor racing Saga.
'BRM Volume 3' joins its predecessors in bringing the story forward through the most evocative era of 1960s motor racing at its highest International level. And perhaps above all, its publication provides an enduring memorial to that most remarkable man, and most gifted automotive engineer, Tony Rudd, who passed away during this book's lengthy and painstaking preparation.