Brabham returns with 700bhp, track-only BT62 hypercar


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 vehicle of his own construction. The V8 is hooked up to a six-speed sequential transmission developed by Hollinger Engineering (from Victoria, Australia) with steering wheel-mounted paddles. Retaining the "BT" nomenclature of the past, the BT62 is a track-only, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat supercar that's powered by a 5.4-litre, naturally aspirated, quad-cam V8 that can produce up to 700bhp. Actually, the BT62 delivers more downforce than its own weight, thanks to the aggressive aerodynamic package: more than 1,200 kg (2,645 lb) of downforce to be precise.

Managing Director David Brabham has taken his father's company to new heights with their latest creation, the BT62.

'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.

Prices for the exclusive hypercar start from £1 million, and each buyer will join the Brabham driver development programme to ensure they make the most of their purchase.

'The BT62 demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering vast reward and satisfaction'.

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Sir Jack Brabham was, of course, one of Formula One greatest drivers, winning three driver's titles.

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The brainchild of former grand prix driver and Le Mans victor David Brabham, the BT62 is the first project from the re-launched Brabham Automotive outfit.

The legacy of Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham lives on after the unveiling of the new Brabham Automative supercar.

Brabham retired after the 1970 season, selling his share of the team to Tauranac, who sold it to Bernie Ecclestone the following year. Ecclestone sold the squad in 1988. In 2014, David Brabham launched a Project Brabham scheme to crowdsource a sports vehicle race team to compete at Le Mans.