The track-bred Brabham BT62 hypercar aims to revive one of motor sport’s biggest names
The Brabham BT62, launched in London on Wednesday evening, signals the return of the most famous names in motor sport. The mid-engined, track-focused hypercar is limited to a run of 70, in honour of Jack Brabham’s first race 70 years ago, and will cost £1 million with delivery expected later in 2018.
The first 35 BT62s will bear special liveries, celebrating each of the manufacturer’s F1 victories, and the name itself is a continuation from Brabham’s last F1 effort: the 1992 BT60B.
Specifications put the car firmly in hypercar territory. The Brabham-built 5.4-litre V8 engine produces 700bhp and 492 lb-ft of torque with a dry weight of 972kg (2142lb).
At the launch on May 2, at Australia House (the Australian High Commission), London, David Brabham said that he was proud to continue the legacy of his father Jack.
“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 is the BT62, a car truly worthy of carrying the iconic Brabham name.
“I set out 12 years ago to re-establish the iconic Brabham name, determined to see it return to global competition.
“My father had an incredible determination to succeed and, like him, I’ve worked tirelessly through this time, drawing on my experience and never once losing sight of that goal.
Brabham Automotive technology and engineering directory Paul Birch added: “Created from a blank sheet of paper, our first car takes Brabham into an exciting new era, while honouring and upholding the marque’s glorious past.
“Using contemporary materials, processes and technologies, and following a rigorous two-year engineering and development programme, the resulting BT62 is a car that demands total engagement and commitment.”
The carmaker may not be returning to its winning F1 ways, but a Le Mans 24 Hours entry may be on the cards.
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