An iconic motor racing partnership that once set the pace in Formula One is to be revived.
Goodyear and Brabham Automotive are reigniting a winning partnership that dates back to 1965.
The tyre maker’s Goodyear Racing arm and Brabham Automotive will be working together on endurance racing and road car developments.
Brabham Automotive, based in Australia, has developed the BT62 endurance car as part of its drive to compete at Le Mans, something it hopes to achieve within the next three years.
It has also embarked on a programme to develop a road car.
The Brabham BT62 is an unrestricted track car that is limited to a production run of 70 vehicles and delivers 700bhp from its 5.4-litre V8 engine.
There is also an option to convert it into a road compliant variant.
The partnership was announced at the Rockingham Raceway in Northamptonshire, an event which also saw David Brabham showcasing the capabilities of the Brabham BT62 on the circuit.
The partnership forms a key part of the return to racing of the iconic Brabham marque.
The Brabham BT62 will make its racing debut at Brands Hatch on November 9 in the Britcar Into the Night race, an event which aims to give a flavour of Le Mans-style endurance racing.
It is a fitting location as Brands Hatch is the circuit where Jack Brabham took his Brabham-Repco BT19 to British Grand Prix glory 53 years ago.
The global partnership between the Goodyear Racing team, based on the Birmingham Business Park in Solihull , and Adelaide-based Brabham Automotive, will see a number of tie-ups.
Goodyear Racing tyres will be fitted to track cars, while the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport has been chosen as the official road compliant conversion option.
Goodyear and Brabham’s relationship began in Formula On e in 1965 and the two brands last worked together in Brabham’s final F1 season in 1992 with Damon Hill.
Over its lifespan the partnership resulted in 26 Formula One Grand Prix victories.
Jack Brabham won the 1966 F1 World Championship in a Goodyear shod Brabham-Repco, the BT19.
This was a historic moment as it marked the first, and never to be repeated, title for a driver in a car of his own construction and bearing his own name.
Denny Hulme made it a back-to-back championship success for Brabham and Goodyear in 1967, before Brabham stars such as Carlos Reutemann, Niki Lauda and Carlos Pace wore the iconic Goodyear cap on the top step of the podium in the seventies.
In 1981, Nelson Piquet clinched the World Championship at the final round in Las Vegas.
David Brabham, son of Sir Jack Brabham and director of Brabham Automotive, said: “There a saying about starting something great – this is like restarting something great. “Goodyear and Brabham’s combined successes in motorsport are iconic.
“The partnership historically brought an incredible amount of success in Formula One and endurance racing and we look to continue this winning legacy through Brabham Automotive, the BT62 and future car variants.
“The continued commitment shown by Goodyear globally in motorsport means it is perfect timing for the two marques to join forces as we continue our road to Le Mans.”
Dan Marks, commercial director at Brabham Automotive, said: “Goodyear and Brabham enjoyed success together over four decades in F1.
“To reignite this technical collaboration is exciting. We’ve chosen to work with Goodyear as they have the tire technology to support our goal of achieving the highest levels of performance on both the road and track.”
Mike McGregor, manager testing, Goodyear Racing, said the partnership was born out of Goodyear’s comeback to endurance racing, which comes to fruition this weekend at the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone.
Development work over the last 18 months and a conversation with Dan Marks from Brabham Automotive paved the way to the partnership.
He said: “The first time I walked into the paddock and saw the Goodyear decal on the side of the car was a spectacular moment for me.
“It was one of those moments that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.”
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