Scale: 1/43
Carmodel code: CAR173864
Manufacturer code: S8322
Material: resin
Year: 1969
EAN: 9580006983220

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The Brabham BT26 was designed for the 1968 racing season. The concept proved to be quite disappointing, with the Repco engine designed by John Judd and Norman Wilson proving very unreliable. The car was longer than the BT24, the tracks were wider and the tires were bigger. The BT26 was the last F.1 Brabham to have a tubular chassis. Gradually, the BT26 received updates, including particular aerodynamic appendages, without the results improving. For 1969 the chassis was modified to accommodate the Ford Cosworth DFV engines: the first car was purchased by Frank Williams while the official team used three other chassis. Jack Brabham achieved a first victory at the International Trophy, while Ickx won in Germany and Canada. In that year Brabham ranked second in the constructors' championship.

The Englishman Piers Courage competed in the 1969 F.1 season with the Brabham powered by Frank Williams' Ford Cosworth. At the US GP, at Watkins Glen, Courage achieved an excellent second position, replicating the result at the start of the season in Monaco. With 16 points, Courage ranked 8th in the drivers' championship.

By David Tarallo

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