Brab­ham BT62

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ON SALE: Now (de­liv­ery late 2018)

BASE PRICE: $1.4 mil­lion (est)

The past year or so has seen more than its share of new mid-en­gine hy­per­cars, in­clud­ing Mercedes-AMG’s Project One and As­ton Martin’s Valkyrie, and there are plenty more in the pipeline. From ex-For­mula 1 driver and Le Mans win­ner David Brab­ham’s Brab­ham Au­to­mo­tive comes the car­bon-fiber-bod­ied BT62, a track-day kraken in­spired by his fa­mous late fa­ther Jack’s third F1 cham­pi­onship, in 1966—the only F1 ti­tle won by a com­peti­tor while driv­ing a car of his con­struc­tion.

The BT62 gets a six-speed se­quen­tial gear­box and a 5.4-liter nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V-8 from an­other maker (Brab­ham hasn’t iden­ti­fied it), which Brab­ham pumps up to send

700 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Han­dling should be off the leash thanks to Miche­lin slick tires, a dry weight of 2,143 pounds, and an al­leged max­i­mum down­force fig­ure of more than 2,600 pounds. Brab­ham plans to build 70 ex­am­ples for the 70th an­niver­sary of Jack’s first race, with the ini­tial 35 copies fea­tur­ing liv­er­ies hon­or­ing the 35 Grand Prix wins achieved by Brab­ham race cars. Driver coach­ing is part of the buyer’s pack­age—a good thing, too, since trac­tion con­trol is the BT62’s only “driver aid.” The car’s name is an ex­ten­sion of the BT60B des­ig­na­tion given to Brab­ham’s fi­nal Grand Prix car, in 1992.

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