Ron Tauranac

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Ron Tauranac at the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix

Ronald Sidney "Ron" Tauranac[1] AO (b. 13 January 1925)[2] is a retired Australian engineer and racing car designer, who with Formula One driver Jack Brabham founded the Brabham constructor and racing team in 1962. Following Brabham's retirement as a driver at the end of the 1970 season, Tauranac briefly owned and managed the Brabham team through 1971, but sold it the following year to Bernie Ecclestone.[3] He remained in England to assist with a redesign of a Politoys Formula One chassis for Frank Williams in 1973 and helped Trojan develop a Formula One version of their Formula 5000 car.

After a brief retirement in Australia, Tauranac returned to England to establish the Ralt marque (a name he and his brother Austin had used for some 'specials' in Australia in the 1950s winning the NSW Hillclimb Championship in 1954 with the Ralt 500). The first "modern" Ralt was the Ralt RT1 chassis, to be raced in Formula Three, Formula Two and Formula Atlantic. The chassis proved very successful, winning the European Formula Three championship in 1975 in the hands of Australian driver Larry Perkins. The 1978 season also proved successful for the RT1 chassis, winning the European F3 championship for Jan Lammers.

Tauranac designed the Theodore Racing F1 car for the 1978 season. The team was not very successful for various reasons largely unrelated to the quality of the chassis.

Two new designs were created for the 1979 season, the RT2 for Formula Two and the RT3 for Formula Three. The RT3 chassis proved highly successful, winning the 1983 European F3 championship for Pierluigi Martini and five consecutive British F3 titles.

A joint venture with Honda resulted in the RH6 chassis which won the 1981, 1984 and 1985 titles.

In October 1988 Tauranac sold the Ralt business to March Engineering for £1.25m.

Tauranac has remained involved with various aspects of the sport since departing from Ralt, including racing-school cars for Honda, a Formula Renault car, consulting work for the Arrows Formula One team, and continuing his relationship with Honda that goes back to their early Formula Two days as engine supplier to Brabham in the 1960s.

He has now moved back to Australia but still retains an interest in the sport. Tauranac can been seen each year as a design judge at the Formula SAE Australasia competition in Melbourne, Australia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ron Tauranac AO: The Official Website". Rontauranac.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "Where are they now?: World Championship team bosses (T)". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "People: Ron Tauranac". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website