Borland Racing Developments is an Australian championship winning manufacturer of open wheel racing cars, principally in the junior categories of Formula Ford and Formula Vee.
Borland Racing Developments was formed in 1984 to prepare and engineer cars for the then popular Australian Formula Two championship. Four championships were secured in the next five years, after which Michael Borland turned his attention to producing the Spectrum Formula Ford and Sabre Formula Vee racing cars.
From its earliest days, BRD has been a championship winning racing team. Whilst the company has grown to be a leading racing car designer, constructor and specialist fabricator, the factory race team remains as one of the core activities of the business. The knowledge and experienced gained through competition drives the development of the racing cars which BRD manufactures.
Through its years of experience and networks developed locally and abroad, BRD has the expertise to guide drivers from their first steps into motor racing through to a professional career. Past drivers who have benefited from a partnership with BRD include Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright, Jason Bargwanna, Steven Richards, Mark Winterbottom, Shane Price and John Martin.
The Spectrum chassis quickly established itself in the local Formula Ford market, taking a hard fought second for Jason Bargwanna in the 1996 title race. A dominant 1-2 in the 1998 Australian Championship for Adam Macrow and Christian Jones signaled that the chassis had well and truly arrived. The strength and popularity of the chassis grew with ongoing development and since 2004, the Spectrum has been the most consistently successful brand in Australian Formula Ford Championship racing.
In 2000, a New Zealand title to Phil Hellebrekers was the first international crown for the marque. In 2006 a Spectrum model 011 was built for the UK championship. On the famous Brands Hatch GP circuit, John Martin took a resounding victory in the chassis' debut weekend. This momentous win was the impetus to appoint a UK agent in Mark Bailey Racing Ltd, which culminated in leading UK championship team Kevin Mills Racing switching to the Spectrum chassis for the 2008 season. With pole positions and race wins with KMR in 2008 and 2009, Spectrums are regular front runners in the UK championship.
Whilst building its reputation as a championship winning team and constructor, BRD continues to develop a thriving business as a specialist fabricator. This side of the business is kept busy meeting the demands of Daytona Sportscar production, historic restoration projects and production of specialty parts for the motor racing industry.
During 2007, the Braeside factory was doubled in size to accommodate the existing workload and to provide capacity for new projects. Amongst the first of these projects were the Spectrum F2000 (the slicks and wings racer for the US market) and the Sabre 02 Formula Vee 1600.
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