Judd Power is an engine-building company founded by Formula 1 driver Jack Brabham and engineer John Judd. Since 1971, it's been building V8 and V10 engines for motorsport applications, mostly Formula 1. I believe Judd's V8 is the best-sounding V8 engine of all time. Don't believe me? Plug in your headphones and listen.
Judd's first engine was a turbocharged V8 unit designed for Honda's CART entry in the mid 1980s. It saw mild success, known for its reliability and fuel-sipping economy. By 1988, the company moved into Formula 1, which had recently switched to naturally aspirated engines. Using a variant of its original Honda turbo engine, Judd built its first F1 V8, dubbed the CV. Here's what it sounds like, swapped into a Mercedes 190 hillclimb car:
Once F1 made the switch to V10s, Judd designed a 10-cylinder unit displacing the same 3.5 liters as its V8 engine. After a rule switch in 1995, displacement was lowered to just 3.0 liters. For the next season, Judd designed an all-new unit, called the JV. As with most V10 F1 engines, it sound glorious.
Judd also designed engines for a number of sports car racing teams, including the World Endurance Championship, Sports Racing World Cup, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the American Le Mans Series.
Both V8 and V10 Judd engines made their way into several different single-seater and hillclimb cars, most notably that of Georg Plasa's BMW 1-Series hillclimb race car. It used Judd's newest LMP2 engine, the 3.4-liter "DB." If you can find a V8 with a better exhaust note than this, please, let me know.
Loved by fans across Europe for his 12,000-rpm racing machine, Plasa during the 2011 Coppa Carotti hillclimb in Italy.
Judd , headquartered in Warwickshire, England. It offers V8 and V10 engines for all sorts of customer motorsport applications, as well as service for other racing engines. Maybe keep it in mind the next time you decide to build a race car.