Borland Racing Developments

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Borland Racing Developments is an Australian championship winning manufacturer of open wheel racing cars, principally in the junior categories of Formula Ford and Formula Vee.

The Spectrum 09 in which Mark Winterbottom placed 2nd in the 2002 Australian Formula Ford Championship

Borland Racing Developments was formed in 1984 to prepare and engineer cars for the Australian Formula Two championship. Four championships were secured in the next five years, after which Michael Borland turned his attention to producing the Spectrum Formula Ford and Sabre Formula Vee racing cars.

From its earliest days, BRD has been a championship winning racing team. Whilst the company has grown to be a racing car designer, constructor and specialist fabricator, the factory race team remains as one of the core activities of the business. The knowledge gained through competition drives the development of the racing cars which BRD manufactures.

BRD has the expertise to guide drivers from their first steps into motor racing through to a professional career. Past drivers who have partnered with BRD include Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright, Jason Bargwanna, Steven Richards, Mark Winterbottom, Shane Price and John Martin.

The Spectrum chassis established itself in the local Formula Ford market, taking a second for Jason Bargwanna in the 1996 title race. He gained a 1-2 in the 1998 Australian Championship for Adam Macrow and Christian Jones. The strength and popularity of the chassis grew with ongoing development and since 2004, the Spectrum has been the most consistently successful brand in Australian Formula Ford Championship racing.

In 2000, a New Zealand title to Phil Hellebrekers was the first international crown for the marque. In 2006 a Spectrum model 011 was built for the UK championship. On the Brands Hatch GP circuit, John Martin took a resounding victory in the chassis' debut weekend. This win was the impetus to appoint a UK agent in Mark Bailey Racing Ltd, which culminated in leading UK championship team Kevin Mills Racing switching to the Spectrum chassis for the 2008 season. With pole positions and race wins with KMR in 2008 and 2009, Spectrums are regular front runners in the UK championship.

BRD continues to develop a business as a specialist fabricator, meeting the demands of Daytona Sportscar production, historic restoration projects and production of specialty parts for the motor racing industry.

During 2007, the Braeside factory was doubled in size to accommodate the existing workload and to provide capacity for new projects. Amongst the first of these projects were the Spectrum F2000 (the slicks and wings racer for the US market) and the Sabre 02 Formula Vee 1600.

Models[edit]

Spectrum Formula Ford[edit]

With both the UK and Australia adopting the Ford Duratec 1600 cc motor (as used in the Ford Fiesta road cars) for Formula Ford competition from the 2006 season, it provided an opportune time to release the next evolution in the Spectrum line; the 011. Given how successful the 010 of 2004 and 2005 had been, the focus with the 011 was to fine tune the chassis and suspension to maximise the benefits of the reduced weight and increased power from the new engine.

Success with the new model was immediate; John Martin won the inaugural Fiesta powered Formula Ford round on his way to the 2006 Australian title. During that season, BRD built a Spectrum 011 to the UK regulations and John delivered a victory at the Brands Hatch UKFFC round in the car's UK debut weekend. The 011 chassis dominated the Australian championship and continued to make its mark internationally.

The 2010 Spectrum 012 Formula Ford featured revisions to the chassis and bodywork aimed at improving both the performance and safety of the car. Knowledge gained from wind tunnel and real world testing resulted in improving the cars class leading aerodynamic package. With optimised airflow over the car and to the engine, drivers enjoyed better straight line speed resulting from better engine performance and lower drag. A hallmark of the Spectrum has been the inability of rival chassis to gain a significant slipstream when following; this was further enhanced by the revised design.

The 2010 main panel afforded greater head protection to the driver, whilst increasing peripheral vision. Increased room in the cockpit resulted in a lower seating position, increasing driver comfort (particularly for taller drivers), driver safety and improving cornering speeds by lowering the centre of gravity.

Chaz Mostert dominated the opening round of the 2010 Genuine Ford Parts Australian Formula Ford Championship, which was the international competition debut for all of the 2010 chassis. Chaz qualified the Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 012 on pole and won the round, setting a new lap record in the process.

As with all models since 2004, the new Spectrum included as standard lightweight components offered as expensive options on other chassis. The cars feature:

  • Bespoke Penske adjustable dampers
  • NMB aircraft quality rod ends and spherical bearings
  • MoTeC SDL data logging system
  • Motorsport quality wiring loom and electrical connectors
  • Motorsport quality brake, fuel and oil lines and fittings
  • FIA standard on board extinguisher, racing harness and fuel cell
  • Fuel cell features internal motorsport collector for pick up as standard
  • Mark Bailey Racing prepared Hewland LD200 gearbox

Spectrum FF1600[edit]

All of the championship winning features of the Spectrum Formula Ford are available to the FF1600 racer. FF1600 cars are available to purchase new from the factory, or they can supply all of the components required to convert from Formula Ford.

BRD has been producing FF1600 cars since the 1980s, accumulating a string of race and championship wins at home and abroad. In 2009 Jesse Fenech won the Victorian State FF1600 Championship in a Spectrum 010b and Ben Norton drove the Wiltshire College Spectrum 011 to win the Castle Combe FF1600 Championship; arguably the two most competitive FF1600 Championships in the world at the time.[citation needed] Ben and the College also won the Castle Combe Carnival, becoming only the second driver to take the double in the same year.

Sabre Formula Vee[edit]

BRD sold 23 Sabre 01 Formula Vee racing cars between 1993 and 2000. Technical changes within the Formula Vee category and the demands of the rapidly growing Spectrum Formula Ford business placed the Sabre project on hold for a number of years.

By 2007, the Vee category had transitioned to the FV1600 regulations. New facilities and increased staffing levels enabled BRD to commence development of their second generation Vee, the Sabre 02, designed specifically for the FV1600 rules. The prototype was designed and built during 2008, before a thorough track testing program in 2009. With the car achieving lap record pace in testing, it was deemed production ready and the first orders were taken in late 2009.

The new Sabre took Formula Vee to the next level. The Sabre 02 shared many common components with the 2010 Spectrum 012 Formula Ford, including main body panels. The Sabre 02 also shared the Spectrum's debut success. In its first outing, Daniel Reinhardt drove the Junior Racing Developments team Sabre 02 to pole position, four from four race wins and a new lap record at Sandown International Raceway.

As with the Spectrum Formula Ford, the Sabre Formula Vee is built with components that include:

  • Bespoke Penske adjustable dampers
  • NMB aircraft quality rod ends and spherical bearings
  • MoTeC SDL data logging system
  • Motorsport quality wiring loom and electrical connectors
  • Motorsport quality brake, fuel and oil lines and fittings

Sabre Formula Vees are supported in Australia by BRD and by Junior Racing Developments as agents for new cars and spare parts distribution. JRD carries a spare parts and is on hand at major Formula Vee races.

Cars[edit]

Year Car Engine Class Region
1993 Sabre 01 Volkswagen 1200cc Formula Vee Australia Australia Australia
1995 Spectrum 05 Ford Zetec 1800cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
1997 Spectrum 06 Ford Zetec 1800cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
1999 Spectrum 07 Spectrum07.jpg Ford Zetec 1800cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
2001 Daytona Sportscar Daytona Sportscar.jpg LS1 Gen. III 6000cc Grand tourer
2002 Spectrum 09 Spectrum 09 of Mark Winterbottom.JPG Ford Zetec 1800cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
2004 Spectrum 010 Ford Zetec 1800cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
2006 Spectrum 011 Spectrum011.jpg Ford Duratec 1600cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
Honda L15A7 1500cc F1600 Championship Series  United States
2010 Spectrum 012 Ford Duratec 1600cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
Honda L15A7 1500cc F1600 Championship Series  United States
Sabre 02 Volkswagen 1600cc Australian Formula Vee Australia Australia
2012 Spectrum 014 Ford Duratec 1600cc Australian Formula Ford Championship Australia Australia
Honda L15A7 1500cc F1600 Championship Series  United States
2014 Spectrum 014z Ford Zetec 2000cc F2000 Championship Series  United States

Trivia[edit]

Borland is the nephew of Brian Shead of Cheetah Racing Cars.

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