Brabham Automotive BT62

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  1. 05XR8

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    https://www.speedcafe.com/2018/02/20/new-brabham-automotive-venture-launched/
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    Brabham Automotive unveil first project in May

    Countdown https://www.brabhamautomotive.com
     
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    Brabham are coming back? Will they be making a race car or a road car?
     
  4. 05XR8

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    From the other link in the article:
     
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    Title and OP updated.
     
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    That sounds like a straight piped Ford Voodoo. Does anyone have a clue what the engine is?

    @Griffith500 ?
     
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    It definitely sounds very "pipey", one way or another.

    I'd say that it is an 8 cylinder almost certainly, but it's hard to tell exactly what configuration at low revs and next-to-no throttle (and lots of misfiring) - that said, I would agree it's probably a cross-plane V8 of some kind. The exhausts are clearly merged from each bank in some way.

    Would they have looked to some kind of heritage from their racing heyday, or just gone with whatever makes the most sense today?
     
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    Voodoo is flat plane.
     
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    So it is! :tup:

    I still think this Brabham has a cross-plane.

    The Voodoo's firing order is pretty distinctive, and Ford has only lightly camouflaged it in the GT350 (to good effect).
     
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    That's....an interesting sound. A little like a Cosworth DFV to my ears, but less bassy from the intake...some multiple of 4 cylinders I think.

    Definitely not a Ford V8 of any contemporary flavor.
     
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    Could be the exhaust has both banks merged with reasonably equal length primaries. Equal enough at least to tease that 8th order scream out of it.

    Something like this:


    They did a similar thing in V8 supercars from time to time.


    The idle sound gives it away, though, I think. Not even something like the earlier McLaren road car V8s (or the later Esprit V8s) sounded crossplane at idle, despite having the quintessential DFV sound (in the exhaust instead of just the intake).

    I can hear a dull LS-style drone, which probably does rule out a contemporary Ford V8 all the same.

    EDIT: then again, it does seem high revving, which makes any V8 buzzy.
     
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    https://www.brabhamautomotive.com/

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  16. Griffith500

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    Those are some serious specs.

    I don't agree with Mark Blundell, it looks a little odd to me. But what matters is how it drives and it's interesting that they focus on the driver experience, so I wish them the best of luck!
     
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    700hp and 970kg would give this thing a power to weight ratio near that of the old Audi R8 LMP!
     
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    Sounds uncannily like that Monte Carlo I posted up previously...
     
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    Love that MG42/787B-like tearing noise. Cross plane with cross-bank merging of some kind, I'm guessing. Sounds damn glorious, probably better than a contemporary Ferrari V8.

    If you compare it to Ford's GT350 engine, this Brabham engine has such a more rich sound.
     
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    Yeah this doesn't sound like a GT350 after seeing that video
     
  24. Griffith500

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    Exactly my thoughts. Originally, I just thought it might be a simple merging of secondaries, but I now think it could be a proper "bundle of snakes"! Very cool and true to Brabham's roots, if a pain for any required maintenance.

    bt3-cutaway.jpg
     
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    I was leaning towards a Voodoo with equal length headers and some sort of merged banks. Based on this latest video I’m leaning more towards it being a race spec version of the Cosworth tuned Coyote found in the new Griffith.
     
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    Some third party footage at Goodwood.

     
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    Ok, in the Brabham Martini livery that thing looks incredible.