Brabham unveils £1m, 700bhp track car called the BT62

Just 70 days after company was first announced to public, Brabham Automotive lifts covers on stunning track weapon

Little more than two months after the company was first launched, Brabham Automotive has officially unveiled a £1million, track-only supercar called the BT62.

The project is headed up by 2009 Le Mans winner and ex-Formula 1 driver David Brabham, the son of three-time F1 champion Jack Brabham – the only driver to win the title in a car of his own design.

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At launch, the BT62 has 700bhp courtesy of a mid-mounted 5.4-litre naturally aspirated V8. Power is transmitted through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The car’s 972kg kerbweight results in a 730bhp-per-tonne power-to-weight ratio. A large front splitter, diffuser and adjustable rear wing contribute to the BT62’s ability to generate up to 1200kg of downforce.

Fitted with slick tyres as standard, the racing machine is for track use only and will be manufactured in Australia – the country from which the legendary family originates.

‘I set out 12 years ago to re-establish the iconic Brabham name, determined to see it return to global competition,’ said David at the launch.

‘My father had an incredible determination to succeed. Like him, I’ve worked tirelessly through this time, drawing on my experience as a racing driver, leader and mentor, never once losing sight of that goal.

‘It’s been challenging at times, but what we have achieved is simply staggering. Today’s unveiling makes me feel incredibly proud as the Brabham legacy enters a new era.’

Engineering boss Paul Birch added: ‘Created from a blank sheet of paper, our first car takes Brabham into an exciting new era, whilst honouring and upholding the marque’s glorious past.

‘The BT62 demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering immense reward and satisfaction.’

The unveil comes exactly 70 days after the company was launched. What’s more, only 70 BT62s will be built in celebration of the Brabham name’s 70-year history. The first 35 cars will also wear a racing livery inspired by each of Jack Brabham’s grand prix victories.

The model will also head up Brabham’s plans to return to Le Mans following the demise of the short-lived, crowd-funded Project Brabham set-up that aimed to compete in the LMP2 class before graduating to LMP1 and then F1.

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