Formula 1: Ron Tauranac passes away aged 95

The World Championship-winning designer and engineer Ron Tauranac have passed away aged 95. Ron Tauranac is best known for founding the Brabham team in 1960. This team would win the World Championship 1966 with Brabham and in 1967 with Denny Hulme.

Ron Tauranac was also largely involved behind Ralt and its success in Formula Atlantic, Formula 2 and Formula 3 between 1970 and 1980.

Ron Tauranac’s family confirmed his passing in a statement:


The Tauranac family regretfully announces the loss of Ron Tauranac at the age of 95.

Ron passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of Friday morning at his home on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Active, healthy, and independent until the end, he felt the need to constantly achieve something and always had the next goal in mind.

He was never one to rest on his laurels, with his sharp engineering mind always engaged.

When asked recently what the best car he designed was, he responded simply ‘the next one’.

He led an extraordinary life. We are both incredibly proud of what he achieved and deeply saddened by his loss.



Ron Tauranac is survived by his daughters Jann and Julie. The family has asked any messages of condolences to be sent to

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