One of the most storied names in motorsport, Brabham, is about to make a return to international racing, and you have a chance to be a part of the team. Brabham was co-founded in 1960 by Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham, who passed away earlier this year. During its heyday, the team won four Formula One Drivers’ Championships and two Constructors’ Championships, and to this day the late Jack Brabham remains the only person to have won an F1 Drivers’ title in a car he constructed himself.
Even after Brabham’s retirement from racing in 1970, the team continued on and today Brabham’s sons and grandsons continue his legacy in the world of motorsport. Now, Brabham’s youngest son David, a former F1 driver himself as well as a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner with Peugeot, is starting Project Brabham.
Project Brabham is a crowdfunding project to relaunch the Brabham team, initially in the LMP2 category of the World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Brabham aims to return to the track as early as the next season of the WEC with a three-year LMP2 program.
After the three years, the team hopes to return as a constructor by way of LMP1, with firm intentions of winning the WEC title as well as the overall win at Le Mans. Series such as the new Formula E Championship could also be a consideration while the overall goal remains a return to F1.
What is unique about the new Brabham is that anyone can be involved, via crowdfunding support. Investors will become an essential part of the team’s journey, and there will even be exclusive offerings for people investing as little as £1 ($1.63) through a series of online content.
Anyone interested can find out more at the Project Brabham page on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The team’s goal is to raise at least £250,000 ($408,400).
“Looking at the normal racing model was not exciting or sustainable enough for me to rebuild the team from scratch,” David Brabham said in a statement. “After careful consideration and research we have created a new model of open source racing, which will bring fans closer to the action, inspire drivers and engineers around the world and offer the rare opportunity to be a part of this new but historical race team."