Repco is an Australian company, specializing in aftermarket parts and accessories for cars. The name is an abbreviation for REplacement Parts COmpany. It was founded in 1922 in a suburb of Melbourne, and now has close to 400 stores, covering all of Australia and New Zealand. The company also sells rebuilt engines, which led to their involvement in racing.
In 1963, Australian driver Jack Brabham approached Repco with a plan to create an engine for the fledgling Tasman Series, due to start in 1964. Together they decided on a downsized version of the single-overhead-cam 3.5L V8 used in an Oldsmobile Jetfire (the "Cutlass" in the US). With a smaller single plane crankshaft (giving a shorter stroke), and Repco-designed cylinder heads, the new 2.5L engine was ready in 1965.
While this engine was in development, word came of the FIA's decision to change the engine size in Formula One to three liters, starting in 1966. Brabham sold the Repco board on the idea of developing a three liter version of the engine, to be used by his team, and selling a customer version for a profit. The engine manufacturer of choice for most of the grid in the 1.5 liter formula, Coventry Climax, had only a rather elderly 2.75 liter, inline 4-cylinder engine available for the new regs, and no one else had announced an engine program. The Repco Formula One engine, given the designation "620", started development as the 2.5 liter version began actually road testing.
The 620 had several advantages at the start of the 3 liter formula. It was compact, and could bolt onto the back of an existing 1.5 liter car chassis. It was lightweight, which was easier on brake and suspension components developed with 1.5 liters in mind. It was thrifty, requiring less fuel for a race, saving more weight. And it was reliable, based on an established production car engine. The one downside was a lack of power, developing only about 285 bhp (213 kW; 289 PS) when it first appeared in Europe.
In 1966, Brabham won four of the nine races, and took both the drivers and constructors championships. In 1967, with Brabham frequently running experimental parts on his car, teammate Denny Hulme took advantage of the tried-and-true components, and edged Brabham for the title. The team was once again constructors' champion, with a total of four victories and several other podium finishes.
Formula One RecordEdit
Full Formula One SummaryEdit
|Year||Entreats||Cars||Models||Tires||Drivers||Rounds||WCC Points||WCC Pos.||Report|
|1966||Brabham Racing Organisation|| BT19|
|Repco 620 V8||Jack Brabham||All||42 (49)||1st||Report|
|1967||Brabham Racing Organisation|| BT19|
| Repco 620 V8|
Repco 740 V8
|Jack Brabham||All||63 (67)||1st||Report|
|Guy Ligier||BT20||Repco 620 V8||Guy Ligier||6-7, 9-11|
|1968||Brabham Racing Organisation|| BT24|
| Repco 740 V8|
Repco 860 V8
|Charles Vögele Racing||BT20||Repco 620 V8||Silvio Moser||3, 5, 7-9|
|Caltex Racing Team||BT24||Repco 740 V8||Kurt Ahrens, Jr.||8|
|Scuderia Scribante||BT11||Repco 620 V8||Dave Charlton||1|
|Team Gunston||BT20||Repco 620 V8||John Love||1|
|Mk3||Repco 620 V8||Sam Tingle||1||0||NC|
|1969||Team Gunston||BT24||Repco 620 V8||Sam Tingle||1||0||NC||Report|
|Jack Holme||BT20||Repco 620 V8||Peter de Klerk||1|
List of race winsEdit
Complete Championship ResultsEdit
|Brabham||J. Brabham||Ret||4th||1st||1st||1st||1st||Ret||Ret||2nd||42 (49)||1st|