The Brabham BT52 was designed by F1 design genius Gordon Murray for the 1983 F1 season, and took driver Nelson Piquet to his second World Championship title after a classic season-long battle with Alain Prost (Renault) and Rene Arnoux (Ferrari). The car used the massively powerful turbocharged 1.5-litre, four-cyclinder BMW engine, which produced over 850bhp in qualifying, with the aid of specially developed 'rocket fuel' to boost power. Designed to suit new regulations, after ground-effect cars were banned at the end of 1982, the BT52 was very distinctive, with short, angular sidepods and a dart-shaped profile. During the 1983 season, the innovative Brabham team, with now F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone at the helm, introduced the first high-pressure fuel rig seen in F1, to speed up refuelling stops, and used 'ovens' to pre-heat tyres prior to pitstops. This manual provides a fascinating insight into the design, evolution, operation and maintenance of the Brabham BT52.
Illustration: COL & B&W THROUGHOUT
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Publisher: HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 270mm X 270mm
* The Brabham BT52 story - brief history of Brabham, design, evolution and racing history of the BT52, and subsequent Brabham story. * Anatomy - chassis, cockpit, BMW engine, transmission, suspension and steering, brakes, wheels and tyres, electrics and aerodynamics. * Owning and operating - details of the BT52s owned by former Brabham team boss Bernie Ecclestone and the BMW Museum. * Driver's view - racing in period, with input from Nelson Piquet and team-mate Riccardo Patrese, along with Piquet's recollections for being reunited with the car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. * Engineer's view -insight from car designer Gordon Murray and BMW engine designer Paul Rosche, maintenance and repairs, setting up a Brabham BT52, rebuilding and maintenance of a BMW turbo engine, brief technical appraisal of rival F1 cars. * Appendices - including technical specifications and race results.