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Brabham BT52 Owner’s Workshop Manual

1963 (all models)
22 January 2016
Andrew van de Burgt
Tuesday, 15 December, 2015


Haynes takes pole position with launch of Brabham BT52 Owners' Workshop Manual

Iconic Brabham BT52 gets the Haynes treatment

Brabham BT52 ManualHaynes is set to take pole position this January when it releases its latest Formula 1 title – the Brabham BT52 Owners' Workshop Manual.

From its conception, in late 1982, to the restoration of a BMW-owned example in 2012–2013, the manual celebrates the much admired Brabham BT52, which was created by F1 design genius Gordon Murray, along with David North, for the 1983 season. The distinctive 'dart'-shaped Brabham BT52 was the first turbo-charged car to carry a driver to the Formula 1 championship, and pioneered mid-race refuelling and tyre-changes as Brabham sought new ways to 'gain the unfair advantage'.

Authored by award-winning journalist and motorsport expert Andrew van de Burgt, the manual provides unique insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Brabham's BMW-turbo-powered F1 car.

The manual also features fascinating reminiscences from drivers Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese about their time competing with the car, along with views from Brabham team members including Gordon Murray, Herbie Blash and Charlie Whiting.

Talking about the Brabham BT52, author Andrew van de Burgt said: "It's been a fascinating journey documenting the Brabham BT52's road to success and glory, and a real privilege to interview some of Formula 1's racing heroes, iconic designers and engineers.

"With its eye-catching design and flame-spitting engine, the car caught the attention and imagination of many F1 fans when it took Brazilian Nelson Piquet to victory first time out, carrying him to his second World Championship title after a classic season-long battle with Alain Prost (Renault) and René Arnoux (Ferrari). Despite it being more than 30 years since a car bearing the Brabham name last won a grand prix, and over 20 years since one even started a grand prix, Brabham remains one of the most famous names in motorsport.

"The Brabham BT52 came at a time when the F1 rules were in a state of turmoil and the simmering political tension in F1 was on the verge of boiling over. But it was also a time of amazing racing and technical development – not least the 'rocket fuel' that helped Piquet to two late-season wins and the title.

"BMW famously used 'matured' road-car engine blocks for the core of the F1 engines. In subsequent seasons, this engine became the most powerful ever to be seen in F1, producing upwards of 1,200bhp for qualifying during the 1986 season."

About the author

Andrew van de Burgt is an award-winning journalist who has been working in motorsport for over 15 years. For 10 of those he was the Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, during which time he covered everything from F1 to NASCAR to WRC. He has written a number of books, including a biography of Lewis Hamilton.

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