A complete motorsport solution
Borland Racing Developments is one of Australia’s few fully self-contained motorsport operations. From the design and construction of a racing car, through to the manufacture of spare parts, maintenance and even driver development, Borland Racing can execute an entire project from concept to completion.
The BRD factory is located in Braeside, Melbourne and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology for in-house machining and manufacturing.
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 second place for Jason Bargwanna in the 1996 national series.
A dominant 1-2 in the 1998 Formula Ford Championship for Adam Macrow and Christian Jones (son of 1980 F1 World Champion, Alan Jones) signaled the Spectrum chassis’ arrival as a major contender. 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, pole positions, race wins, fastest laps and lap records than its rivals in Australian competition during this period. Chaz Mostert underlined the superiority of the Spectrum chassis when he dominated the 2010 championship in his Spectrum 012.
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.
In 2013, BRD formed a relationship with Canadian Entrepreneur Michael Duncalfe, owner of the Exclusive Management organisation. The result was the formation of Exclusive Autosport, which became the importer and distributor for Spectrum chassis in Canada and North America.
Since then, Exclusive Autosport has achieved many race and championship wins in both the Canadian and US F1600 series. The team has worked with standout drivers such as Trenton Estep, Tristan DeGrand, Konrad Czaczyk and Australian driver Scott Andrews, who won the 2015 US F1600 title. It has also distributed the Spectrum race cars extensively, with more than 20 cars in action between Canada and North America.
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.
In 2007, the Borland factory was doubled in size to accommodate the existing workload and to provide capacity for new projects. Among these projects were the Spectrum F2000 “wings and slicks” vehicle for the US market, and the Sabre 02 Formula Vee 1600. A more recent special project has been the V8-powered Formula Thunder 5000 car.
In the last few years, Borland has continued refining the Spectrum Formula Ford chassis, and in 2017 the latest Spectrum 015 chassis hit the track in the Australian Formula Ford Series, scoring two race wins on debut at Sandown. A total of five Spectrum 015 chassis have been built, and are currently competing in both national and state Formula Ford competition.