Posts tagged V10
In The Hall Of The Mountain King

Few cars in history come with as much of a reputation as BMW's E60 incarnation of thw M5. The only production saloon car ever to be fitted with a V10 engine. A truly iconic car, but also on of the most notorious for a number of reasons.

It is a car that has captured my imagination for years. So you can imagine the range of emotions and feelings that exploded through my head when I got offered the chance to drive one on a cold, damp and rainy sunday morning in september.

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Awful Aftertaste - 1998 Bitter GT1

Owing to the much larger V10, the car’s chassis had to be stretched substantially. This coincided with Hezeman’s plans for the body, which would sport larger front and rear sections in order to generate more downforce. Lotus designer Martin Ogilvie was drafted in for a few days to realize this concept in a more professional manner.

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Natural Desperation - 1990 Peugeot 905

Seeking a perfect balance between power, packaging and efficiency, Peugeot had gone for the still brand-new V10 layout. This type had only been introduced two years prior by Alfa Romeo in their ill-fated 164 ProCar, but it was already busy conquering F1 in the back of the Honda-propelled McLaren MP4/5. Tuned for long distance use, the SA35-A1 80 degree V10 produced a whopping 650 horsepower at an ear-splitting 12.500 rpm.

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Natural Desperation - 1990 Peugeot 905

Seeking a perfect balance between power, packaging and efficiency, Peugeot had gone for the still brand-new V10 layout. This type had only been introduced two years prior by Alfa Romeo in their ill-fated 164 ProCar, but it was already busy conquering F1 in the back of the Honda-propelled McLaren MP4/5. Tuned for long distance use, the SA35-A1 80 degree V10 produced a whopping 650 horsepower at an ear-splitting 12.500 rpm.

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Totaru Rikoru - 1996 Dome F105i Mugen-Honda

Sasaki was eager to ride the company’s current wave of success all the way to the top, and instigated the firm’s first ever Formula One project. His dream was to field an all-Japanese Formula One team, something which had not been seen since Honda’s departure from the sport in 1968.

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Superlative Shutdown - 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 ProCar

Unsatisfied with having to choose between the two, d’Agostino proposed a compromise in the form of the radically different V10 layout. The V10 was more compact, lighter and more fuel efficient than a V12, but produced nearly the same power. With this invention, Pino d’Agostino had unknowingly shaped the future of Formula One.

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