One of racing’s most iconic team names is set to return to international motorsport: Brabham.
Under the banner ‘Project Brabham’ and led by Sir Jack's son David Brabham, the reborn team aims to kick off in the FIA World Endurance championship next season with a three-year LMP2 program.
From there, Brabham hopes to return as a constructor via LMP1 with “firm intentions” of winning the title for sports cars and the Le Mans 24-Hour.
But the road to F1 and everything in between won’t be a ‘conventional’ one (if there is such a thing - Ed), as Project Brabham hopes to restart the team name via the increasingly-popular means of ‘crowd funding’.
From as little as £1 (currently AU$1.84), potential backers will receive ‘the satisfaction of contributing’ to the reborn team, along with regular updates, a certificate and a monthly newsletter.
Contributions step-up from there with amounts of £25, £75, £125 and more available, while just 20 fans have the opportunity to become VIPs for £10,000 (AU$18,438).
The latter gets you a full day at Silverstone with David Brabham including laps of the track as both driver and passenger.
The unconventional approach continues with the proposed ‘Brabham Digital’, which in itself includes Brabham - Fan, Brabham - Driver and Brabham - Engineer.
As the names suggest, Fan is designed to give members unprecedented access to the team via the internet up to and including race days and during testing, which even incorporates race strategy and driver selection.
Driver and Engineer are online programs aimed at those wishing to take part in the sport (not necessarily with Team Brabham), featuring physical training regimes, car setup, media training and developing a future Brabham prototype.
“We have endured a long and testing journey to protect and bring the Brabham name back under the family's control, then decide the next step in the journey of this iconic brand,” David Brabham said.
“I have long dreamt of seeing the Brabham team back out on the track, winning at the highest level and continuing the legacy my father laid down when he first started the team in the Sixties.”
The Brabham name almost made it back to the F1 grid in 2010 with then-owner to the Brabham name, German company Formtech, entering the team in - and then withdrawing from - the 2010 championship.
David’s famous father Sir Jack Brabham died in May of this year.
The crowd funding effort is seeking a combined £250,000 in pledges. To learn more, check out Brabham’s Indiegogo page (website opens in new window).