BRABHAM – BMW turbo BT52 n.6



BRABHAM – BMW turbo BT52 n.6


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The Brabham – BMW turbo BT52, and the winning car of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1983. After the success of 1981 with the Brabham BT49C, the team led by Bernie Ecclestone went through a year of transition that led to the replacement of the supplier of the engine, Ecclestone reached the agreement with the BMW, at the time one of the most powerful of the turbo engines. The chassis of the new car was designed by Gordon Murray, who after Barnard with McLaren, began using the carbon fiber in the bodywork.

Riccardo Patrese with the Brabham – BMW turbo BT52 n.6 finished ninth at the Formula 1 World Championship in 1983 with thirteenth points in season. The best result for the Italian driver was the victory in the Gran Prix of South Africa on the Kyalami circuit. With the teammate Nelson Piquet they took Brabham to third place in the constructors’ championship.


Brabham BT52
Designed: Gordon Murray
Carbon fibre monocoque with rear subframe
Length: ? mm
Width: ? mm
Height: ? mm
Suspension front: Double wishbones, push-rod operated coil springs over dampers
Suspension rear: Double wishbones, push-rod operated coil springs over dampers
Brakes: Carbon Fibre Discs
Tyres: Michelin


BMW M12/13, 1,499 cc, Straight 4, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Power: 660 CV
DriveType: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Brabham/Hewland six speed manual Weismann Differential+RM
Fuel brand:
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: 190 lt


Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1983 with driver Riccardo Patrese
GP winner: GP of South Africa 1983

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Patrese Riccardo




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