An­drew van de Burgt £25.99 Haynes

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The dis­tinc­tive blue and white dart-shaped Brab­ham BT52 rep­re­sented a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment for F1 rac­ing cars in the 1980s. De­signed by Gor­don Mur­ray with David North for the 1983 sea­son, it needed to bring some­thing new to the chal­lenge af­ter ground ef­fect cars were banned. Pow­ered by BMW’s tur­bocharged M12/13 en­gine, it in­tro­duced the con­cept of midrace fu­elling, while its in­creased rear­ward weight dis­tri­bu­tion im­proved trac­tion. The BT52 won its first GP out­ing in Brazil and Nelson Pi­quet sub­se­quently won the World Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship while Brab­ham came third in the Con­struc­tors’ ti­tle. For­mer Au­tosport editor-in-chief Burgt presents the whole fas­ci­nat­ing story of the BT52s, in­clud­ing the restora­tion of a BMW-owned ex­am­ple a few years back, in this well-il­lus­trated re­sume. DB

ISBN 978-0-85733-820-4 Hard­back, 216mm x 279mm, 160 pages

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