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.