Brabham BT60

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Brabham BT60Y
Brabham BT60 - Donington Park.JPG
Damon Hill's 1992-specification Brabham BT60B
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorBrabham
Designer(s)Sergio Rinland
Tim Densham
PredecessorBrabham BT59Y
Technical specifications[1][2]
ChassisCarbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pushrods
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pushrods
EngineYamaha OX99, 3,498 cc (213.5 cu in), 72° V12, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted (1991)
Judd GV, 3,498 cc (213.5 cu in), 72° V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted (1992)
TransmissionBrabham / Hewland transverse 6-speed semi-automatic
FuelBP
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsMotor Racing Developments Ltd.
Notable drivers7. United Kingdom Martin Brundle
7. Belgium Eric van de Poele
8. United Kingdom Mark Blundell
8. Italy Giovanna Amati
8. United Kingdom Damon Hill
Debut1991 San Marino Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
25000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Brabham BT60 was the final series of Formula One racing cars built for the Brabham Formula One motor racing team. Designed by Sergio Rinland, they raced in the 1991 and 1992 Formula One World Championships. The car brought to a close Brabham's 30 years of construction of purpose-built racing cars, which began with Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac and the Brabham BT1 Formula Junior design in 1961.

BT60Y[edit]

The first car, the BT60Y, was powered by the Yamaha OX99 V12 engine. It was driven by Martin Brundle, who was returning to Brabham and Formula One again after driving for Jaguar in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship. The team's second car was driven by Formula One rookie Mark Blundell.

Brabham only scored three points in 1991, with one 5th-place for Brundle, and Blundell scoring one 6th-place finish. The team finished 10th in the Constructors' Championship.

BT60B[edit]

For the 1992 Formula One season the team used a modified version of the car, dubbed the BT60B, which was powered by the Judd GV V10 engine. The cars were driven by Eric van de Poele from Belgium and Italian rookie Giovanna Amati. Part way through the year Amati was replaced by another Formula One rookie, future World Drivers' Champion Damon Hill. The BT60B was the last Formula One car produced by Brabham.

The 1992 season was a complete disaster for the once great Brabham team. After van de Poele qualified 26th and last and finished 13th (again last) at the opening race in South Africa, neither car qualified for a race until round nine, the 1992 British Grand Prix, where Hill qualified 26th.

Two races later the team had its last ever race meeting in Formula One, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Hill gave the team its highest finish of the season finishing 11th, some four laps down on race winner Ayrton Senna.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1991 Motor Racing Developments BT60Y Yamaha OX99
V12
G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 3 10th
Martin Brundle 11 DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 13 12 10 5 DNQ
Mark Blundell 8 Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 12 Ret Ret DNPQ 17
1992 Motor Racing Developments BT60B Judd GV
V10
G RSA MEX BRA ESP SMR MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 0 NC
Eric van de Poele 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Giovanna Amati DNQ DNQ DNQ
Damon Hill DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 DNQ 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Brabham BT60Y". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  2. ^ "STATS F1 • Brabham BT60B". Statsf1.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.