RE: Brabham to enter World Endurance Championship

RE: Brabham to enter World Endurance Championship

Thursday 10th January

Brabham to enter World Endurance Championship

Australian company confirms a racer is coming from the 710hp BT62, including a Le Mans entry



When Brabham Automotive launched last year, David Brabham said the intention was to take his family name racing again. Now a date has been set for Brabham's motorsport return: 2021, when a new GTE car will be entered into the World Endurance Championship and its crowing event, Le Mans.

The racing model will have links to the new BT62 V8 track (or road) car produced by the Australian brand, but be further evolved in order to take the fight to established category marques such as Ferrari and Aston Martin. It's set to retain the BT62's 5.4-litre engine, which, with 710hp, would inevitably need taming with Balance of Performance restrictors.


Brabham's BT62 programme - the first customer cars of which are due for delivery later this year - has included stints of endurance testing. While the core focus of this running will have been to ensure the BT62 is reliable for use by its customers, no doubt Brabham will have also collected data useful for its motorsport ambitions. This close tie between BT62 and racing might sweeten the deal for those who've already ordered a car, as well as luring in others.

While Brabham's developing the BT62 at its Adelaide base, it'll run the racing operation from Britain. A factory team will be launched, but the racing car will also be offered to customer outfits, meaning Brabhams could be racing in several championships around the world. The company has already opened discussions with potential partners for its campaign.


Unsurprisingly, the factory team's first drivers are likely to hail from the Brabham family. Sam and Matthew (the grandsons of Sir Jack), both hold international racing licences and have recent experience in the cockpit, so look like likely candidates. David has extensive sportscar experience, including a win at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, but he may choose to remain in a managerial position.

Whoever the team employs, the intent is clear: to win its class. That much is clear from the number one placed on the side of the rendered racing car...

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hundleydavid

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213 posts

183 months

Thursday 10th January
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Very chuffed for the whole Brabham team. Pretty sure they will smash it.


Krikkit

16,333 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th January
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Good to see them try, but I suspect they will find it extremely difficult.

The GTE field is incredibly competitive, and the big manufacturers plumb tens of millions into their programs to try and win, Brabham simply don't have the cash.

Nerdherder

1,565 posts

43 months

Thursday 10th January
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"Making Le Mans Great Again". Looks like a couple of great Le Mans years lie ahead of us. cloud9

Tyronnster

14 posts

16 months

Thursday 10th January
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Very nice car

vz-r_dave

3,382 posts

164 months

Thursday 10th January
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Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette, Brabham, Mclaren, Lamborghini, BMW, Ford, Toyota/Lexus, Audi, Nissan...... what it would be to see a Le Mans feild with these manafacturers. I forgot TVR but seems a long shot unfortunately.

Genuine Barn Find

5,107 posts

161 months

Thursday 10th January
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GT PRO/AM has, for me, always been the most exciting (and close quarters racing) part of the Le Mans 24 Hour. To see Brabham with a car (or two) is really exciting. However, I eschew what has been said already - Porsche effectively had two works teams racing last year and (likely) a significant budget re-direct from what was LMP1. Add four cars from Ford, Works Ferrari, BMW (who are my bet for major progress this year), Corvette, and an improving Aston Martin and you have a massive task just to stay both competitive and reliable (and not just turn up). The Aston was slaughtered last year (and was struggling to go toe to toe with the AM cars), which serves to demonstrate what an underdeveloped car is up against. I wasn't expecting great things from Aston at Le Mans 2018, but even they must have been hugely disappointed how the car performed following the Vantage's win in its last run out in 2017.

I'd loved to be proved wrong..... but as good as it looks (and hope it sounds) they have an uphill struggle on their hands.

The more the merrier for GT though. Just need Audi/Lamborghini to step up now....

Sandpit Steve

302 posts

20 months

Thursday 10th January
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Good luck to all the Brabham team! Great to see so many manufacturers entering the new LM regs, but it's going to be a seriously competitive championship.

Which reminds me, off to watch the Dubai 24h tomorrow, first endurance race of the new year! smile

MG CHRIS

6,577 posts

113 months

Thursday 10th January
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Sandpit Steve said:
Good luck to all the Brabham team! Great to see so many manufacturers entering the new LM regs, but it's going to be a seriously competitive championship.

Which reminds me, off to watch the Dubai 24h tomorrow, first endurance race of the new year! smile
Gte isn't new to wec its been going for years think your confusing that with the new hyper car regs which are totally different.

redroadster

1,000 posts

178 months

Thursday 10th January
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If brabham beats McLaren and big boys I'd be getting CHQ book out and buying them out .

soad

30,400 posts

122 months

Friday 11th January
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Tyronnster said:
Very nice car
Aggressive.