Martini Racing released their new Formula I car in the Italian town of Balocco, near Milan, on Sunday (26 October) to a special press review.
TRACKING SHOT(WHITE) New car Brabham in pit
TRACKING SHOT New engine of car
SVs New car with car surrounded by spectators (4 shots)
GV New car being driven away
GV PAN Car being driven along track (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Martini Racing released their new Formula I car in the Italian town of Balocco, near Milan, on Sunday (26 October) to a special press review.
The car is the Martini Brabham Alfa Romeo, designated the BT 45. It is the result of collaboration between Motor Racing Development Ltd., a British company, and Alfa Romeo, of Italy.
The BT 45 was designed by 28-year-old South African, Gordon Murray and is a completely new conception. It is powered by alfa Romeo's twelve cylinder boxer engine. This is a complete departure from the proven Marthini Racing Brabham-Ford which was the third place getter in this year's world championship driven by Argentine Carlos Reutemann.
The car has been designed to accept the flat 12 Alfa Romeo engine, instead of the Ford engine -- hence the chassis is completely new.
Designer Gordon Murray has managed to produce the smallest possible car with a 12-cylinder engine. His solution was to extend the monocoque in two booms on either side of the engine. These provide engine attachment points that take bending stresses, give additional fuel capacity and make possible positioning of the fuel load to retain favourable axle weights. They also form part of the overall aerodynamic design.
The car will be in direct competition with the Italian ferraris which carried off championship honours this year.