And it has quite the reputation to uphold.
After laying dormant for more than a quarter century, Brabham resurfaced last year with the launch of the BT62 – a dedicated track machine that's since been revealed in street-legal spec as well. But the Brabham name is more closely linked to racing than it is to road cars. And it intends to live up to its history by returning to Le Mans.
More formally known as Motor Racing Developments, the firm founded by the late, great Sir Jack Brabham won four drivers' and two constructors' titles in Formula One over the course of its 30-year history.
In fact, Sir Jack remains the only driver ever to win the F1 championship driving his own car, and won the only French Grand Prix ever held at Le Mans (also in his own car) in 1967. Decades later, his son David won the famous endurance race with Peugeot in 2009. Now he's gone back into the family business of building race cars, and with today's announcement, will put it out on the track.
The racer will be based on the BT62 and entered in the GTE class – both at Le Mans and the broader FIA World Endurance Championship, starting with the 2021/22 season.
That's still a long way off, but in the meantime, Brabham intends to enter other "lower level series” still to be determined (or disclosed, at any rate). It'll rely on the customers buying the BT62 to help it hone the machine for competition, and even offer them the chance to compete in Pro-Am pairings.
"Returning the Brabham name to Le Mans is something I have been working on for years,” said David Brabham. "We look forward to developing the BT62 and future products while building a world-class competitive race team around the leading engineering and manufacturing talent we have in the business.”