Video: 1908 V12 Brutus against a BMW 1 Series M Coupe - Clarkson Style


Can a BMW V12 engine from the late 1940's outperform a modern inline-six with 335hp?

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has never been shy about his love for anything mechanical and automotive. Regardless of what era it's from, if it's loud, burns gas, and fast, then it meets his seal of approval. And now, Clarkson has decided to put a 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe up against a Brutus, which is powered by a 46-liter BMW 12 engine that was used in a post-World War II fighter plane. The chassis was taken from a 1908 American LaFrance.

The Brutus's engine alone weighs over 1,120 pounds and produces some 500hp. But is that enough to take on one of the best BMW's of the past few years?

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The 1 Series M Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335hp. And yes, it weighs a lot less than the Brutus. So which is the winner of this drag race? You'll have to watch the video here or check out Clarkson's new DVD, called Powered Up, to find out.

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