Brabham Automotive has been launched
Announcement of new British brand could signal motorsport interests for the future
A new car brand called Brabham Automotive has been launched by former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans winner David Brabham.
Headed by the son of three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, the company has been announced two years after the name was first registered with the UK’s Companies House.
No details as to whether a car model is in the works have been revealed at this stage, but Brabham (pictured below) told Autocar last year that he wanted “to see the name back on track”, suggesting the launch of the car company could lead to a motorsport programme in the future.
The Brabham name has been synonymous with motorsport since 1955, when three-time F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham first went racing in F1.
A Brabham spokesman refrained from commenting on the idea of a return to racing, stating that the car company has been “continually approached on various projects” and that it “will reveal more about the [automotive] project and its intentions shortly”.
Although not confirmed, speculation last year suggested the Force India F1 Team could be bought by Brabham. It is the only F1 team yet to confirm the reveal date of its 2018 car, and the squad, which finished the 2017 season in fourth with its drivers seventh and eighth respectively in the drivers’ standings, is expected to be sold following an ongoing legal case for its owner, Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya.
Mallya was arrested and released on bail in Britain last year following requests from India for his extradition. The 62-year-old faces charges of financial crimes, which include money laundering of around £100 million related to one of his former businesses, Kingfisher Airlines. Mallya denies any wrongdoing.