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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.
Damon Hill's 1992-specification Brabham BT60B
|Chassis||Carbon fibre monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Double wishbones, pushrods|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbones, pushrods|
|Engine||Yamaha 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)
|Transmission||Brabham / Hewland transverse 6-speed semi-automatic|
|Notable entrants||Motor Racing Developments Ltd.|
|Notable drivers||7. Martin Brundle|
7. Eric van de Poele
8. Mark Blundell
8. Giovanna Amati
8. Damon Hill
|Debut||1991 San Marino Grand Prix|
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.
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 resultsEdit
|1991||Motor Racing Developments||BT60Y||Yamaha OX99
|1992||Motor Racing Developments||BT60B||Judd GV
|Eric van de Poele||13||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|