The new track-only Brabham BT62 has been unveiled in full at Australia House in London, and it will offer race car thrills for £1million.
The Brabham name is back, with the launch of a new track-only hypercar called the BT62. Built in the style of the McLaren P1 GTR and Aston Martin Vulcan, the Brabham supercar will produce a claimed 700bhp, weighs just 972kg (dry) and features a super-aggressive aerodynamic package.
Production is limited to just 70 units, and each one will cost £1million. It might not be built for competition, but the car’s DNA is pure racer with what Brabham calls ‘tubular metallic architecture’. This is in effect a carbon fibre chassis of similar construction to many LMP1 cars, to which further carbon fibre panels are attached.
A naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre V8 engine that is built by Brabham provides around 700bhp, with no turbochargers or hybrid tech to complicate things. This drives the rear wheels via a pneumatically controlled Holinger six-speed sequential gearbox.
Suspension is by double wishbone, with Ohlins pushrod coilover springs and dampers. 18-inch wheels can be wrapped in a set of Michelin competition tyres to suit various different tracks and conditions.
The new car was unveiled at Australia House in London on 2 May, a venue picked to celebrate the Anglo-Australian roots of Brabham. Guests at the special occasion included Octane’s own Derek Bell, John Watson, Derek Warwick, Mark Blundell, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, Karun Chandhok, plus video messages from 93-year-old Ron Tauranac, Jean Todt, Damon Hill and Jackie Stewart.
Jack Brabham, the first and only man to win a Formula 1 World Championship in a car of his own construction, founded one of the most successful and prolific racing car companies in 1961 with the completion of his first racing car. Brabham produced hundreds of single seaters in the following decades, and were responsible for 35 Formula 1 race wins and four Championships.