The Brutus is a relic from another time. A time when men approached automobile racing with reckless abandon by cramming the largest, most powerful engine available onto a chassis supported by the world's skinniest tires. Suspension, brakes and cumbersome safety equipment were all scrapped for bullet-shaped bodywork and testicles the size of small planetary bodies. The Brutus boasts a 46-liter BMW V12 engine pulled from a post-World War II fighter plane and a chassis from a 1908 American LaFrance. The engine alone weighs 1,124 pounds and puts out a potent 500 horsepower. Now Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has decided that the creation needs to tango with the latest BMW hot rod; the 1 Series M Coupe in his new DVD, Powered Up.

This is not your typical drag race. The Brutus is a chain-driven, fire-breathing hulk that's happier scaring school children than darting down the drag strip, while the 1 Series M Coupe is as civilized as a sports car gets. How does the competition shake out? Hit the jump to check it for yourself.



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      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, I can see myself driving that Brutus. Slow as heck, maybe, but man, what a statement.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @imoore
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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      so does this mean JC is going to start liking EV's? "the sound of yesterday....."
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, I love that beast. You got to give it to Buffoon Clarkson.
      nst1o1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care if it lost, I'd rather have the Brutus!
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The outcome was pretty obvious but that thing is quite the beast.
      Acefighter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't "saloon car" mean "sedan?" Because that wasn't a sedan. Or maybe it's just been too long since the last season of Top Gear and I'm mistaken.
        Bustago
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Acefighter
        Saloons (or sedan) can come in any number of doors as long as it has a 3 box profile. Coupe is used to convey a 2 door saloon these days, but historically they are different.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like an evil, massive tree tree trunk with bicycle wheels. And about twice as aerodynamic going backwards. It makes 500hp, but never seems to rev higher than idle, so that must be an unGodly amount of torque, crudely sent to rock hard rear tires with a contact patch the size of a baby's fist. Kinda wierd that he went so far as to talk about the sound of internal combustion as the sound of yesterday, I dont think that modern, brand new 1M sounds like fuel cells and electric motors, just a highly refined example of good ole "suck, squeeze, pop, phooey"!
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      That car is a fire breathing dragon, glad they got it on Top Gear
      Bacon Roller
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take the Brutus over any BMW
      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see this being driven by a villain twirling his handlebar mustache as he plots his next ingenious scheme...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Robert Fahey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give it to Carroll Shelby for a couple of months and let's have a rematch.
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