BRABHAM

“AN ACHIEVEMENT THAT WILL NEVER BE REPEATED”

DAMON HILL 

Jack Brabham was the first and only man to win a Formula One World Championship in his own racing car. And he did it on Goodyear tyres. 

Brabham. Goodyear 

A partnership that continues to lead the way. 

Brabham won the race – and his third World Championship title, with a less powerful engine. A true driving legend. 

In 2019, Goodyear and Brabham Automotive reignited the winning partnership that began in 1965. Spearheading the return of the Brabham and Goodyear story is the Brabham BT62. This unrestricted, thoroughbred track car is limited to a production run of just 70 vehicles. Weighing in at 972kg (dry) and with 700bhp from its 5.4-liter V8 engine, it has already shattered GT3-class lap records.  

Just as it did in the 1960s, sportscar racing today provides a strong platform to demonstrate tyre technologies on a wide range of different prototype and GT cars.  

Goodyear’s motorsport-derived tyre development program remains a critical component in helping Brabham achieve its ambitions on, and off the track. 

“The balance between the tyre, the car and the driver was exactly what we needed. And we went to Brands Hatch and we won.”

DAVID BRABHAM

Goodyear and Brabham

Celebrating an iconic 

motorsport PARTNERSHIP

During a record-breaking partnership that redefined Formula One, Brabham and Goodyear won 26 Grand Prix victories together. After a gap of almost three decades, the Brabham name returned in 2018, with Goodyear once again supplying the rubber for their new BT62 supercar.

To celebrate the return of this legendary partnership, we created a series of documentary films looking at their past, present and future. Shot on location at the stunning Trac Môn circuit on Anglesey, the films showcase the very best of modern engineering expertise, the very worst of the Welsh weather and two brands who simply thrive on pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on four wheels. 

 

Featuring contributions from Damon Hill, David Brabham and Goodyear’s own motorsport team, this is a fitting look back at two iconic racing brands and a fascinating glimpse into what the future holds for Goodyear and Brabham.

Brabham BT62R - Ep 1:

The Pinnacle of Performance

Brabham BT62R Ep 2:

The Perfect Partnership

Brabham BT62R Ep 3:

The Road Ahead

At the age of 40,
he relished the challenge of becoming the oldest Formula One World Champion.  

Brabham made his Formula One debut for the Cooper Car Company at the British Grand Prix in 1955. 

A skilled mechanic, and a ferocious racer, Brabham worked with Cooper to tailor the car to his own attacking racing style. This hybrid mechanic/driver setup often saw him working on his car into the early hours before race day. 

In an elitist sport, Brabham’s technical expertise and roll-up-your-sleeves spirit allowed him to make a name for himself – both as a driver and potential constructor.  

Brabham went on to win the Formula One World Championship with Cooper in 1959 and 1960. In 1962, he left Cooper to drive for his own team: the Brabham Racing Organisation. 

 

Having won two Formula One World Championships, Brabham’s wife encouraged him to retire from racing after the 1965 season. 

His team didn’t need him in the cockpit. It wasn’t worth the risk – Formula One was a dangerous sport.

However, the 1966 season would change everything. While other teams were experimenting with newly-permitted 3.0 litre V12s, Brabham played it safe. He knew a V8 engine, made from existing parts, would give his team’s cars less power, but an advantage in terms of reliability. Excited by the prospect of this V8-V12 battle, and struggling to find competitive drivers for his eponymous team, Brabham found himself behind the wheel once again, racing on Goodyear tyres. 

At the age of 40, he relished the challenge of becoming the oldest Formula One World Champion.  

The media at the time were obsessed with his age and ambition. In an uncharacteristic move at the Dutch Grand Prix, as other drivers sprinted to their cars to begin the race, Brabham teased the media. He mocked his advanced years and hobbled to his car with a cane while wearing a false beard for maximum effect.  

But he also made a mockery of his critics.

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