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Brabham – Another British niche carmaker in the making?

February 20, 2018, 03:54 PM IST by Omkar Thakur
Brabham – Another British niche carmaker in the making?

David Brabham, son of late Formula 1 legend Jack Brabham, has announced the ‘start of a new era for one of the most celebrated and evocative names in motor racing history. A legend redefined.’

The announcement comes strategically before Europe’s biggest car show – Geneva, which starts in the first week of March. The Brabham name has a long and bejewelled history in motrsport with Jack Brabham winning Formula 1 championships in 1959, 1960 and 1966 and going on to build team Brabham which raced till 1992 winning two-more championships. Jack Brabham is the first and the only man to win a F1 championship in a car that bore his name and was also built by himself.

Looking to take forward his legacy, David Brabham plans to build road cars, of course, with inspiration drawn from their decades at the racetrack. However, it is not known if Brabham Automotive will stick to supercars and hypercars like McLaren, or venture into the mainstream by building commercially viable products like sedans and SUVs.

Also, there seems to be fresh zeal on part of Brabham to return to their F1 dreams. Again, there are speculations whether they would start afresh or acquire an existing team. This is most likely to be Force India given that both their leaders, Kingfisher and Sahara have run into corporate trouble back home.

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