Decades of innovation
1960S: MRD ORIGINS Initially born of Jack Brabham’s frustration at Cooper’s reluctance to evolve its mid-engined racers, Brabham the constructor briely carries the name MRD – Motor Racing Developments. 1966: F1 GLORY Using a Repco V8, Brabham takes his light, quick and reliable BT19 to the F1 drivers’ title in ’66. 1970S: BRABHAM WITHOUT BRABHAM ORTAURANAC Brabham retires, out goes co-founder Ron Tauranac and in comes Bernie Ecclestone, who makes Gordon Murray chief designer. His BT44 and BT44B’s good looks are enhanced by Martini sponsorship. 1978: NUMBER ONE FAN BT46B ‘fan car’ beats the ground-eect Lotus by sucking itself to the track. EARLY 1980S: NEW ENGINES, MORE SUCCESS Brabham switches to Ford power for 1980 and in 1981 wins the drivers’ crown with Nelson Piquet. He triumphs again two years later with the BMW-powered BT52. LATE 1980S: DISARRAY Bernie’s busy taking over F1. Murray joins McLaren. Brabham slides into the midield and then obscurity.