Brabham BT44

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Brabham BT44
Brabham BT44 front.jpg
The BT44 on display in 2003.
Category Formula One
Constructor Brabham
Designer(s) Gordon Murray
Predecessor BT42
Successor BT45
Technical specifications
Chassis Aluminum Monocoque
Suspension (front) Rising Rate Pullrod Actuated
Suspension (rear) Multi-Link
Engine Cosworth DFV 2993 cc 90 Degree V-8 Naturally Aspirated Mid-Engined
Transmission Hewland FG400 5 Forward, 1 Reverse
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Motor Racing Developments
Notable drivers 7. Argentina Carlos Reutemann
8. United Kingdom Richard Robarts
8. Liechtenstein Rikky von Opel
8. Brazil Carlos Pace
Debut 1974 Argentine Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
36 5 2 4
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Brabham BT44 was a Formula One racing car designed by Gordon Murray, Brabham's chief designer.[1] An update of the partially successful BT42 of 1973, the BT44 was a simple design with a standard Ford DFV/Hewland gearbox combination, but was very clean aerodynamically. Murray had an eye for clean lines, and the BT44 was particularly graceful. He was also a forward thinker, and tinkered with side skirts and airdams on the car, a precursor to ground effects aerodynamics. Sponsorship came from Martini.

Carlos Reutemann in the all-white Brabham BT44 at the 1974 Race of Champions.

The 1974 season was successful for Brabham. Carlos Reutemann took 3 wins with the car, partnered by Carlos Pace who was able to string a series of promising results together. Brabham finished at a fighting fifth place in the Constructor's Championship after a closely fought season.

The BT44 was modified for 1975, and Pace won his first and only Grand Prix at his home event in Brazil, while Reutemann won at the Nürburgring. A series of other strong finishes helped Reutemann to finish third in the drivers' championship in 1975, whilst Brabham equalled his feat in the constructors' championship. Whilst the BT44 was a good car, it couldn't match the McLaren M23 or the Ferrari 312T.

1975 Brabham BT44B

The BT44 was replaced by the Alfa Romeo powered BT45 for 1976 which proved to be a serious step back for the team. The BT44Bs were sold to RAM Racing, who ran them for a variety of drivers in the 1976 World Championship, including Loris Kessel, Emilio de Villota, Patrick Nève, Jac Nelleman, Damien Magee, Lella Lombardi and Bob Evans, none of whom had much success.


Partial Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1974 Motor Racing Developments BT44 Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 35 5th
Carlos Reutemann 7 7 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 3 1 Ret 9 1
Richard Robarts Ret 15 17
Rikky von Opel Ret Ret DNQ 9 9 DNQ
Carlos Pace 9 12 Ret 5 8 2
1975 Martini Racing BT44B Ford V8 G ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA 54 2nd
Carlos Reutemann 3 8 2 3 9 3 2 4 14 Ret 1 14 4 Ret
Carlos Pace Ret 1 4 Ret 3 8 Ret 5 Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret
1976 RAM Racing BT44B Ford V8 G BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN 0 -
Loris Kessel DNQ 12 Ret DNQ NC
Emilio de Villota DNQ
Patrick Nève Ret
Jac Nelleman DNQ
Damien Magee DNQ
Bob Evans Ret
Lella Lombardi DNQ DNQ 12

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1974 Brabham BT44 Images, Information and History". Conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2011-07-05.