The Brabham BT62 arrives as a track-only Brabham Supercar with GT looks, huge downforce, 700bhp 5.4 litre naturally-aspirated V8 and a £1.2 million price tag.
The Brabham name was synonymous with F1 in the heady and dangerous days of 1960s Grand Prix Racing, and Sir Jack Brabham was one of its driving forces.
Now, Jack’s son, David, has brought the Brabham name back to the world of motorsport with this, the Brabham BT62, carrying his family name and continuing a naming convention following on directly from Brabham’s last F1 car.
The BT62 boasts a dry weight of just 972kg and a power to weight ratio of 720bhp per tonne, with a naturally aspirated 5.4 litre V8 delivering 700bhp and a neck breaking 1200kg of downforce.
The body is lightweight carbon fibre and endowed with an aggressive aerodynamic package and a set of Michelin racing slicks, with carbon/carbon six-piston brakes all round and power going to the back wheels through a rear-mounted race spec gearbox.
David Brabham said:
It’s with great pride that I honour and continue my father’s legacy in revealing the next chapter in the evolving Brabham story. The team we have in place, and the vision it shares, provides a solid platform for Brabham Automotive to execute its long-term business strategy. Our first step to deliver on that strategy is the Brabham BT62, a car truly worthy of carrying the iconic Brabham name.
The BT62 costs £1.2 million in the UK – where Brabham’s main office is – but the cars will be built in Adelaide, from where Brabham hails, with a run of just 70 cars, with the first 35 cars carrying the successive liveries of Brabham’s F1 cars, with the first (pictured) in green and gold as was the BT19 car.
The first Brabham BT62 cars will be delivered before the end of the year, and new owners will be treated to a proper driver development programme to make them as fit and able as possible to get the most from their cars.
And Brabham promise to go racing too.