Exclusive: TopGear gets up close with Martini racers

Brabham BT44

• 1975
• 3000cc, V8
• 430bhp
• 5 speed manual
• 580kg

This wasn't the first car to sport Martini racing livery - the drinks company had been involved with motorsport since 1968 and had gained real fame in 1971 when a Martini Porsche 917 won at Le Mans. But this was Martini's first successful foray into the world of F1 - adorning a car run by a certain B Ecclestone esq.