Brabham BT92 Debuts at Essen, Jack Brabham Says He Has Nothing to Do with the Brand

The Essen Motorshow saw the debut of the Brabham Racing BT 92, a souped-up BMW M3 Coupe sporting a carbon-fiber bodykit, 20-inch alloy wheels with carbon inlays, a sport exhaust system, various interior applications and high-performance brakes. As you can see in the pictures -courtesy of our Dutch friends over at, the result is not bad at all. But while everyone -and that includes the Essen Motorshow organizers- thought that the Brabham Racing was directly linked to Australian car racing legend Sir Jack Brabham, turns out that the German-based company has nothing to do with the three-time world F1 Champion nor his racing team.

Sir Jack issued an official statement on his website stating that “No connection exists between the Brabham family and products being marketed at the European auto show”. According to a report from the Associated Press, Jack Brabham and his family are considering to take legal action against Brabham Racing. Even though we’re no lawyers, judging from the German-based firm’s press release (see after the jump) which makes a direct connection to Brabham’s racing team, we’d say that Sir Jack and his family have a mighty strong case…

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Official Statement From the Brabham Family About Products at the 2008 Essen Motor Show

– Sir Jack Brabham and his Son David Brabham have issued the following statement:

The Brabham family would like to absolutely and categorically state that the range of cars and accessories being publicised under the Brabham name at the Essen Motor Show 2008 and on global websites, has nothing to do with the Brabham family, or its long and respected motor racing heritage, in any way.

It is clear to us, as it must be to the whole world, what these people are trying to do. In our opinion, it is a clear case of using our name, our history and our success, without the backing of the Brabham family.

The 50th anniversary of Jack Brabham’s first Formula One Championship crown is approaching in 2009.

In light of this announcement and the celebrations planned, we would respectfully request that in publishing press material from Veritas-Brabham, BMW Brabham or Brabham Racing, you understand that the Brabham family have no involvement nor endorse the products and services offered by the aforementioned companies and that no relationship should be implied in any story published.


Return of a Legend: Brabham Racing at the Essen Motor Show 2008

One of the most illustrious names of automotive history has returned. After numerous successes in Formula One and being dormant for nearly sixteen years, the legendary motor racing brand was relaunched.

Despite its long absence, the renowned company still has to meet high expectations. Its vehicles are designed according to highest quality standards and manufactured by using state-of-the-art technology. Consequently, development programmes designed for the automotive industry and Formula One manufacturing techniques are employed as well. ‘

By using wireframe models, maximum precision is guaranteed already during the construction process. The engines’ increased performance forced the constructors to develop technically independent high-performance braking systems. In addition to this, all carbon-fibre body parts used for the production of Brabham racing cars are cured in autoclaves – these quality characteristics are visible at the first and even at the second glance one gets of each new Brabham model.

At the relaunch on the Essen Motor Show 2008, Brabham Racing will already present three models: the BRABHAM BT 92 based on the BMW M3, the BRABHAM BT 60 based on the BMW M5 as well as the BT 70 – a sporty interpretation of the SUV X6. Each of these models embodies the company’s message: high-tech, quality, sportiness, design, exclusiveness and history.

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