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The Brabham BT59 was a Formula One racing car designed by Sergio Rinland and Hans Fouche for the Brabham team which raced in the 1990 and 1991 Formula One World Championships. It made its debut at the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix and continued until the first two races of 1991.

Brabham BT59
Brabham BT59Y
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Sergio Rinland
Hans Fouche
Technical specifications[1][2]
ChassisCarbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Axle trackFront: 1,803 in (4,579.6 cm)
Rear: 1,701 in (4,320.5 cm)
Wheelbase2,921 in (7,419.3 cm)
Engine1990: Judd EV, 3,496 cc (213.3 cu in), 76° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted.
1991: Yamaha OX99, 3,498 cc (213.5 cu in), 72° V12, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted.
TransmissionBrabham 6-speed manual
Fuel1990: Elf
1991: BP
Competition history
Notable entrantsMotor Racing Developments
Notable drivers7. Australia David Brabham
8. Italy Stefano Modena
7. United Kingdom Martin Brundle
8. United Kingdom Mark Blundell
Debut1990 San Marino Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0



The team's cars were driven by Australian David Brabham, the youngest son of team founder Sir Jack Brabham, and one of the team's 1989 drivers, Italian Stefano Modena. The car was powered by the Judd V8 engine and ran on Pirelli tyres.

After a promising first half of the 1989 season which saw Modena finish 3rd in Monaco, Brabham began to fall back down the grid. Lack of money and lack of power from the Judd V8 as well as inferior Pirelli rubber not helping the team in their quest to return to the top of Formula One. The best result achieved in 1990 was a seventh place at the Canadian Grand Prix driven by Modena.


For the 1991 season, the car was dubbed BT59Y and fitted with a Yamaha OX99 V12 engine. Driven by British drivers Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell, the BT59Y was used only in the first two races and then replaced by the Brabham BT60Y.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit


Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1990 Motor Racing Developments BT59 Judd V8 P USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 2* 9th
David Brabham DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 15 DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret
Stefano Modena Ret Ret 7 11 13 9 Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12
1991 Motor Racing Developments BT59Y Yamaha V12 P USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 3 9th
Martin Brundle 11 12
Mark Blundell Ret Ret

* All points scored with the BT58


  1. ^ "STATS F1 • Brabham BT59". Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ "STATS F1 • Brabham BT59Y". Retrieved 2014-04-12.