Borland Racing Developments is one of the World's leading designers and constructors of spaceframe chassis for motor racing applications. BRD has a broad skill base, enabling it to offer a diverse range of products and services including:
• Design, manufacture and support of Spectrum Racing Cars
• Design, manufacture and support of Sabre Formula Vee Racing Cars
• Agents for MoTeC data logging systems
• Historic racing car restoration
• Specialist fabrication and machining services to the motor racing industry
• Fabrication of Daytona Sportscars
• Design and consulting services
• Design and manufacture of 'Spec' racing cars for one make series
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.
The Spectrum chassis quickly established itself in the local Formula Ford market, taking a hard fought 2nd for Jason Bargwanna in the 1996 title race.
A dominant 1-2 in the 1998 Australian Championship for Adam Macrow and Christian Jones (son of 1980 F1 World Champion, Alan 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 racing.
The Spectrum has scored more championship titles as well as more pole positions, race wins, fastest racing laps and lap records than its rivals in Australian championship competition during this period. Chaz Mostert underlined the superiority of the Spectrum chassis when he piloted his Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 012 to a record number of race wins, dominating the 2010 Australian Championship.
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.