Building on a remarkable 70-year racing pedigree, David Brabham has announced Brabham’s return to manufacturing, with the launch of Brabham Automotive’s first product, the BT62. The Brabham BT62 continues the legendary ‘BT’ naming convention established by founders Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac in the 1960s and honors the legacy of the marque’s greatest and most memorable cars.
Heralding the start of an exciting new chapter for the iconic marque, the BT62 has been specifically designed, developed and tested to reward like no other. Designed from the ground-up and featuring a host of unique engineering details, the Brabham BT62 draws on the project team’s vast experience to create a car without equal. Crafted from lightweight carbon fibre, the BT62’s exterior surface and aggressive aerodynamic package combine to strike the optimal balance between function and form.
The new Brabham is pure-bred for the track and capable of setting blistering lap times. The BT62 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per tonne, a dry weight of just 972kg and is powered by a Brabham naturally-aspirated 5.4 litre capacity V8 engine.
Those fortunate enough to own a Brabham BT62 will join the Brabham driver development program, where their physical ability and determination will be raised to a place where the performance potential of both driver and vehicle can be fully exploited together as one.
With a base price of £1m plus local taxes, and before options, production of the Brabham BT62 will be limited to just seventy cars in recognition of Brabham’s 70-year heritage; the first thirty-five of which will celebrate the thirty-five Grand Prix victories won by Brabham over its thirty-year reign in Formula 1.
The first Brabham BT62 unveiled is liveried in celebration of Jack Brabham’s green and gold BT19 and his historic victory at the 1966 French Formula 1 Grand Prix at Reims, the year in which he made history in becoming the first (and to date only) driver to win a World Championship in a car of his own construction.
The Brabham BT62 is a mid-engined track car, with its power driven to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted race-spec transmission. With a dry weight of just 972kg, the vehicle is incredibly light, and boasts a power to weight ratio of 700bhp per ton thanks to the Brabham 5.4 litre V8 engine. Saving additional weight and with additive performance, brakes are carbon/carbon featuring 6 piston calipers front and rear.
The new Brabham BT62 will be using Michelin racing slick tires, marking the start of the brand’s strategic partnership with Michelin as official tire supplier and technical partner to Brabham Automotive.
With a long-term plan in place and a phased product development program already underway, the company’s ultimate goal is to see the iconic Brabham name return once again to compete on the race track, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans firmly in its sights.