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During the 1988 season the Megatron engines were the oldest turbos still in use in Formula One dating back to 1982 (Ferrari, which had been using turbos since 1981, had introduced a completely new engine from 1987).
The Megatron programme ended as a result of a change of Formula One engine rules which banned turbocharged engines at the end of 1988, with American driver Eddie Cheever achieving the old BMW engine's last podium finish with third place in the 1988 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
After some development, power, driveability and reliability improved, especially in the IMSA car, and BMW began to think about entering F1, where a handicap factor of 2.0 required 1500 cc engines.
With the BMW badged as Megatron in this A10B chassis, drivers Eddie Cheever (pictured at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed) and Derek Warwick ensured that 1988 was Arrows' most successful year in Formula One, thanks to frequent points finishes.
The design was not successful, probably due to cooling issues in the tight compartment.
During the 1982 season, the Brabham team, then owned by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, used both the older Cosworth DFV V8 engine as well as the turbocharged BMW M12 in selected races in a development program.
The BMW proved to be fast in its first year in Formula One, though its reliability with turbocharging still in its infancy was lacking.
As BMW M12, the engine design since the 1960s became one of the most successful engines in racing.
Starting with the European Touring Car Championship, it was also used in Formula 2, expanded to two litre and fitted with four-valve heads, producing over 300 hp (224 k W).However it should also be noted that, at the time, there was no actual technical way of accurately measuring horsepower figures over 1,000 to verify such claims made by engineers and racing teams at the time.