BRABHAM, Australia’s most famous motorsport name, has announced a return to manufacturing with the global launch of the stunning BT62 supercar.
The Brabham BT62 continues the legendary ‘BT’ naming convention established by founders Jack Brabham (pictured oppositepage) and Ron Tauranac in the 1960s and honours the legacy of the marque’s greatest and most memorable cars.
Limited to just 70 cars, the BT62 celebrates the launch of Sir Jack Brabham’s racing career in Australia in 1948 and the birth of Brabham Automotive in 2018.
The first 35 cars will be specially liveried in tribute to each of Brabham’s 35 Formula 1 Grand Prix victories.
The Brabham supercar is bred for the track and boasts a dry weight of just 972kg and is powered by a Brabham naturally-aspirated 522kW, 5.4 litre, V8 engine.
Heralding an exciting new chapter for the iconic marque, the BT62 has been developed and tested to reward the driver like no other supercar. Designed from the ground-up and featuring a host of unique engineering details, the vision is to create a car without equal. Hewn from carbon fibre, the BT62’s exterior surface and uncompromising aerodynamic package combine to strike the most advantageous balance between function and form.
Led by multiple Le Mans winner, David Brabham, Brabham Automotive has been established as a manufacturer of high performance vehicles which challenges and rewards the driver in equal measures.
With a long-term plan in place and a phased productdevelopment programme already underway, the company’s ultimate goal is to see the iconic Brabham name return once again to compete on the race track, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans firmly in its sights.
Celebrating the company’s proud Anglo-Australian roots, the launch was held at Australia House in London, with a backdrop of a gaggle of historic Brabham racing cars and memorabilia, all evoking memories and charting Brabham's remarkable successes.
Speaking at the unveiling, 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.”
The Brabham BT62 has been designed and engineered to demand more from its driver. It’s a car for those who want to challenge themselves and their limitations to experience driving in its purest form.
Those lucky enough to acquire a BT62 will join the
Brabham driver development programme, where their physical ability and determination will be raised to a level where the performance potential of both driver and vehicle can be fully exploited together.
With a base price of £1m plus local taxes, (AUD$1.8m) the Brabham BT62 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. This was the year he made history in becoming the first and 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.