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Brabham BT56 briven by Andea de Cesaris, in 1987 at the Silverstone circuit, ML

Brabham BT56 driven by Andea de Cesaris, in 1987 at the Silverstone circuit, by Martin Lee - Flickr.com

The Brabham BT56 was a Formula One car designed by John Baldwin and Sergio Rinland and raced by the Brabham team in the 1987 Formula One season.

The car was powered by the Straight 4 turbocharged BMW engine and raced on Goodyear tyres.

Brabham finished 8th in the 1987 Constructors Championship with 10 points scored.

Both Andea de Cesaris and Patrese scored a 3rd place driving the BT56.

After a disappointing 1986 season with the BT55, the team reverted to a more conventional design in 1987. Long time Brabham designer Gordon Murray had moved to McLaren leaving the BT56 as the first Brabham car not designed by Murray since the Ralph Bellamy designed Brabham BT37 that raced in the 1972 and 1973 seasons.

This was the last Brabham to use a turbocharged engine. Brabham would actually not appear on the Formula One grids through the 1988 season and would return in 1989 with the naturally aspirated Judd V8 powered Brabham BT58.

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