Car India - - BULLETIN -

The leg­en­dar y Aus­tra lian name re­turns to au­to­mo­tive realm and the new BT62 is an ab­so­lute stun­ner.

It’s been 70 years for Brab­ham. In 1948, Aus­tralian Jack Brab­ham took to a track for the first time. After clinch­ing sev­eral Aus­tralian rac­ing cham­pi­onships, he delved fur­ther into road rac­ing. In 1955, he took part in his first For­mula 1 race ― the British Grand Prix. He took the world ti­tle three times. He was the first, and re­mains the only, man to have won a world cham­pi­onship in a car bear­ing his own name when, in 1966, he clinched the driver’s world cham­pi­onship.

Ear­lier at­tempts at pro­duc­tion saw sports cars bear­ing the “BT” name ― de­rived from Brab­ham and his part­ner, Ron Tau­ranac. Start­ing in 1961, over 500 cars were built. Now, though, Sir Jack Brab­ham’s legacy lives on. There’s an all­new com­pany, Brab­ham Au­to­mo­tive, and an all-new car, the BT62.

The Brab­ham BT62 is the lat­est cre­ation and is, un­equiv­o­cally, one of the most ex­cit­ing sports cars to make head­lines in 2018. There were teasers and de­tails, but now the green-and-gold liv­er­ied car­bon­fi­bre cat is out of the bag.

The car was cre­ated from a clean sheet, it was an ef­fort in­volv­ing the use of con­tem­po­rary ma­te­rial, pro­cesses and tech, apart from a two-year engi­neer­ing and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. A mi­dengined track car, the BT62 uses light­weight car­bon con­struc­tion, a nat­u­ral V8, and a rac­ing-spec trans­mis­sion to power the rear wheels. Brab­ham claim the ag­gres­sive aero pack­age de­liv­ers 1,200 kg of down­force. In­side, a bare but care­fully de­tailed cabin pro­vides the es­sen­tials for a thor­ough rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pow­er­ing the new BT62 is a Brab­ham 5.4-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8 that makes a peak 710 PS and 667 Nm ― the lat­ter point­ing to a spe­cific torque of 123.5 Nm/ litre or so (ex­act dis­place­ment is not known at this point). The ac­com­pa­ni­ments are in ac­cor­dance: car­bon brakes with six-pis­ton calipers front and rear and a set of Miche­lin rac­ing slicks on light al­loy wheel rims. The weight is 972 kg. That’s 730 PS/tonne!

In recog­ni­tion of Brab­ham’s 70-year her­itage, there will be just 70 cars made, each cost­ing £1 mil­lion (Rs 9.3 crore). The first 35 ex­am­ples will be of­fered in Brab­ham’s green-and-gold livery. De­liv­er­ies of the new Brab­ham BT62 are set to com­mence later this year. They will be of­fered with tai­lored driver de­vel­op­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence pro­grammes.

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