The other day I had a butchers round Gulf Racing’s workshops and among all the glorious cars there (I’ll post them here at some point) this one in particular caught my eye.
This is his 1969 works Brabham BT26A.
In it he won the German GP (at the Nürburgring, the last Formula One race there before ‘The Ring’ was made “safer”) and Canadian, came second in Great Britain and Mexico and a third in France, coming 2nd in the championship with 37 points.
Here is the cockpit, It’s a real tight squeeze. See those light green panels on the sides? That’s the fuel tanks. No wonder so many people died.
The car was (and still is) powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 which at it’s peak produced 410bhp at 9000rpm.
Although not as powerful as its V12 competitors the engine was lighter and as a result had a better power to weight ratio. In addition, by placing load bearing arms to stress the block it became a structural part of the car itself.
Partnered with a Hewland Gearbox it was a great race car.
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