The Brabham name has since left a really indelible legacy on the world of motor racing. It is the same name that has been on the back of its new car, the BT62, when it was launched. With a legacy that has been known not only for the racing prowess of Sir Jack Brabham but also of the engineering feat that he has achieved all through his illustrious career in the motorsport world, it is worth examining how much this new offering has to live up to.
Sir Jack Brabham was the very first racer to capture an F1 world championship win while driving a car that he has designed himself. Even today, this has remained a feat that no one else has managed to replicate. A native Australian, Brabham has not only made a name for the incredible driver that he was. One of the reasons why his name has remained such a recognisable entry in the annals of racing is due to the fact that he was a very skilled designer too. Out of the number of cars that he has managed to produce over the years, there are three that really stood out- the BT2, BT33, and the BT7.
The very first race-winner from the cars that Brabham has produced was the BT7. It successfully captured the chequered flag back in 1964 at Rouen during the French Grand Prix. The man behind the wheel who was responsible for this win was Dan Gurney. For the people that have had the chance to sit behind the car’s wheel, the impression was that it has a delicate and light chassis. Many have also taken note of its impressive Coventry Climax V8 engine with a capacity of 1.5 litres.
Another significant entry in the line of cars that the Brabham brand has produced over the years, another one that stands out is the BT24. This is the car that was responsible for securing the constructor’s championship to the Brabham name back on 1967. This also gave Denny Holme the driver’s championship, his only one. The engine is a Repco V8 with a 3.0-litre capacity. Reliable and quick then, it has managed to retain its fantastic sound even in the present day.
There is also the BT33. This is the final car that Brabham designed himself. Jochen Rindt was supposed to drive this car during the 1970 season. However, he decided to defect to the Lotus. As a result, Brabham made the decision to sit behind the wheel himself and ended up winning the Kyalami season opener. This was also his final victory before he made the decision to finally retire by the season’s end.
These are three cars that perfectly represent the incredible legacy of the Brabham name. They also show the extent to which the F1 cars have evolved from the 1960s to the 70s and a lot of these changes can be credited to the ingenious engineering skills that Brabham displayed. With the BT62 having been just recently revealed, it only goes to show that the new car truly has so much to live up to. Learn more of the latest developments in the motor racing world by reading about Sir Jack Brabham online.