Formula 1 Champion BMW: Piquet and Super Fuel / Formula 1

In 1983, BMW grew to become the primary class turbo world champion. In Part 7 of our sequence, journalist and former BMW spokesperson Uwe Mahla writes why Brabham-BMW had the quickest automotive within the remaining dash to the title.


Apart from the tragedy of Brabham-BMW driver Nelson Piquet’s private causes for failure, comparable to a clogged air consumption, a caught throttle valve, a torn gasoline cable or Alain Prost’s shock: till the night. In the 1983 Grand Prix season, title contenders René Arnaud (Ferrari), Alain Prost (Renault) and Piquet had been technically nearly equal on the highest stage. Three stars, racing automobiles and engines had been mainly equal.

From the race in Zandvoort, it was clear that Nelson was barely forward of the opposite heroes. On the sands within the Netherlands, he has but to indicate his benefit regardless of the pole, as a result of – as proven – Prost accepted to shoot down his rival. But one benefit can’t be ignored. What occurred?

Former BMW engine papa Paul Roche remembers: “The drawback was the high-speed bell. Like Ferrari and Renault, we’ve realized that we are able to obtain extra efficiency by means of gasoline.”

“Like them, we first experimented with pumping water, however shortly reached our limits.” In typical Rosche vogue, the unique Bavarian concluded: “When we instantly elevated the water content material to 2, then three, and lastly 4 p.c, there was a giant bang – we found that water doesn’t burn.”

The prepare of thought: Neither high-speed bell equals increased strain, nor equals increased efficiency. So, BMW technicians went in quest of gasoline that was just a bit bit decrease than the octane restrict set by the laws.

By working with consultants on this discipline, they had been capable of create an correct design of unintended lead-free gasoline. After the competitors’s official protest, an official gasoline investigation confirmed past doubt that BMW knew the restrict precisely and adhered to it.

Their feat of ingenuity, as uncompromisingly exploring the chances of gasoline laws as their colleagues in chassis and engine expertise, was the ultimate piece within the mosaic of victory for the Formula 1 turbo racing automotive.

Read how Nelson Piquet received away at Monza within the subsequent part.


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