The iconic Brabham name will make its return to racing by entering next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, as part of a long-term plan to return to Formula 1.
The team ran in the top echelon of motorsport between 1960-1987 and 1989-1992, claiming two Constructors’ and four Drivers’ World Championship titles.
The new endeavour has been masterminded by former Grand Prix driver David Brabham, the youngest son of the outfit’s founder, three-time World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 88.
The original Brabham team was founded by Sir Jack in 1960, who to this day remains the only driver to win the Drivers’ World Championship title (in 1966) as a driver/constructor.
The team operated under various owners during a thirty-year stint in the sport between 1962-1992, but notched up four Drivers’ Championship titles (Brabham in 1966, Denny Hulme in 1967 and Nelson Piquet in 1981 and 1983) in addition to two Constructors’ Championship crowns (1966-7). The team claimed 35 race wins and was renowned for pioneering technology and engineering in its heyday.
The Brabham name remained in racing circles thanks to the racing careers of Sir Jack’s three sons – Gary, Geoff and David, along with his grandsons Matthew and Sam – while David himself has been working steadily behind the scenes to spearhead a revival of the famous team name.
Brabham acquired the ‘Brabham Racing’ moniker, and after a lengthy build-up, has finally announced details of ‘Project Brabham’, a crowd-funded effort that aims to design and prepare a LMP2-class racing car for next year’s World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Donors who pledge funds will receive exclusive access and privileges, subject to how much is pledged.
“There hasn’t been a Brabham team for over twenty years, but now the famous name is ready to embark on its next journey. Brabham Racing will initially compete in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours,” David Brabham said.
“The ultimate dream is to bring this same model to Formula 1 and potentially other exciting new series such as the FIA Formula E Championship.”
The team needs to raise over £250,000 by 1 November to complete the first stage of the project, and at the time of publishing – barely 12 hours after the launch – almost £45,000 had been raised in public donations. To contribute to the crowd-funding effort, click here.
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