The 10 worst engines in Formula 1 history!

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The F1 power unit of the future is currently at the center of an important debate going on between the sport's chiefs, the FIA and the teams. But we traveled to the past to have a look at some of Grand Prix racing's most disastrous engines. Here's our Top 10.

In looking back in F1 history, we came across many curious but completely off the mark engines. We have scoured the archives to bring the hapless stories of ten failed power plants!


#10 BRM P75, 16 cylinder H 3.0L (4 GP, 9 points, 1 victory)

Only its miraculous victory thanks to Jim Clark and Lotus in the United States saved it from free-falling in the championship rankings. No one knew what the BRM engineers had imbibed when they came up with the P75 engine for the 1966 season. A proper white elephant with two 180° 8 cylinders with the two connected crankshafts, resulting in an unlikely H16! While it had honourable power, it was as fragile as peanut brittle. So frail was it, only Jimmy was able to finish a Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.