Exclusive: up close with the Martini racers
As Martini celebrates its 150th anniversary, we got a few of them into the TG studio…
Posted: 02 Aug 2013
Like so many race cars of the time, the Brabham BT44 used the famous 3.0-litre Ford DFV engine, a 90-degree V8 that underpinned many F1 cars from its arrival in 1967 (when it developed a little over 400bhp at 9,000rpm) through to the early 80s (the last ones boasted around 530bhp at 11,000rpm). In the BT44 it generated around 430bhp through a five-speed Hewland gearbox and dependent on gearing had a top speed of around 180mph.