Brabham Pays Tribute To Its Famous F1 Cars With Limited $33,000 Sim Rigs

Brabham Pays Tribute To Its Famous F1 Cars With Limited $33,000 Sim Rigs

Brabham ranks among the most storied names in Formula 1 racing, and now you can take a part of that history home with a new series of sim racing rigs inspired by the famous liveries that graced the team’s race cars.

Made as a collaboration between Brabham Branding and Base Performance, the sim rigs feature cutting-edge simulation technology that allows sim racers to test their skills, compete against other drivers, and explore the world’s race tracks.

There’s a rig for fans of three major F1 eras, with liveries inspired by the 1966 BT19, the 1978 BT46B, and the 1983 BT52.

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“The Brabham Branding team are excited to not only be involved in such a great project but also to see these incredible works of art come to life in a way that will inspire people to get behind the wheel and develop their driving skills,” said David Brabham, owner of the Brabham racing name. “As we continue to grow the Brabham brand through our Brand Partnership Programme, this new collaboration with BPS is the next exciting chapter where drivers who enjoy driving on simulators can be part of the Brabham journey.”

The BT19 is the car that team founder Jack Brabham raced to his third Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship and to the team’s first Constructor’s Championship. That was a remarkable achievement and made him the first and only driver to win a world championship in a car of his own construction. The simulator (above) is painted in a green and gold color scheme, just like the legendary race car.

The BT46B, known by many as the “Fan Car,” is the stuff of legends in F1 and was introduced at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix. A counter to the dominant Lotus ground-effects cars, the Fan Car was so fast (and allegedly prone to shooting stones at the drivers behind it) that it ran afoul of F1’s governing body and was retired after just one race. The simulator rig (below) features a red and blue livery inspired by the livery that graced the real car.

Finally, the Brabham BT52 was designed for the 1983 F1 season in just six weeks after the sport banned the use of ground effects. Powered by a mighty turbocharged BMW engine that made more than 1,200 hp (1,217 PS/895 kW), it took Nelson Piquet to his second world championship title. The simulation rig (bottom of page) features the car’s distinctive blue and white colors.

“It’s fantastic to be working with an iconic and historic brand like Brabham. We have worked hard at BPS to develop the ultimate racing simulator for the home user, which will suit everyone from the enthusiastic gamer to professional racing drivers,” said James Guess, director of business development at Base Performance Simulators. “BPS founder, Darren Turner, already has a successful history with the Brabham name, winning the GT class at Le Mans with David Brabham in 2007 and 2008 so we’re delighted with this exciting partnership.”

The simulators are offered for sale on Base Performance Simulators‘ website but they aren’t cheap. They ring in at £24,990 ($33,888 USD at current exchange rates), so you’ll have to be a rather big fan of the team to get one.

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