Brabham BT62 Revealed…priced at more than $1.8million
The Brabham Automotive BT62 has been revealed at a lavish event at Australia House in London overnight, but get a load of the price…
BRABHAM AUTOMOTIVE has revealed its track-only BT62 racer overnight in a gala event at Australia House in London. The UK-based Brabham Automotive says the BT62 is building on a 70-year racing pedigree, with the name ‘BT’ drawn from the naming convention established by founders Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac in the 1960s.
The Brabham BT62 unveiled last night was 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. First deliveries of the Brabham BT62 are expected later this year.
The launch of the BT62 marks a return to manufacturing for the business with the racer limited to just 70 units to celebrate the 70th anniversary since the late Sir Jack Brabham began his racing career in 1948 in Australia. The first thirty-five cars will be liveried in tribute to each of Brabham’s thirty-five Formula 1 Grand Prix victories.
The BT62 weighs just 972kg and is powered by a Brabham 5.4-litre V8 making 522kW and 667Nm of torque. At top speed, the aero package on the BT62 generates around 1200kg of downforce.
Speaking at the unveiling, Brabham Automotive Managing Director, David Brabham said, “It’s with great pride that I honour and continue my father’s legacy in revealing the next chapter in the evolving Brabham story. 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 to deliver on that strategy is the Brabham BT62, a car truly worthy of carrying the iconic Brabham name.”
Buyers will be enrolled in the Brabham driver development programme, “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”.
The company plans to release more vehicles and is determined to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.