Brabham is back! BT62 revealed as 522kW track-only supercar
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Two months after announcing the return of one of motorsports most iconic names, newly-formed Brabham Automotive has finally unveiled their first car - the $1.9 million BT62.
Lead by former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hour winner David Brabham, son of triple world champion Sir Jack, the Brabham supercar was launched at Australia House in London with the carmaker revealing that BT62 will 'reward like no other', along with a bold plan to one day go racing once more.
Built specifically as a track-only supercar, BT62 is a limited-run, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine, two-seat supercar powered by a naturally aspirated 5.4-litre V8.
The engine is built in-house by Brabham Automotive and is said to produce 522kW of power and a devilish 666Nm of torque, connected to a six-speed Holinger sequential racing gearbox.
Unfortunately for those wanting to compare BT62 with the $1.5m McLaren Senna, no official word has been given on just how fast the new Brabham is in a straight line or on track.
As a track-focused supercar, BT62 features a significant carbon fibre aerodynamics package. The car is fitted with a full front splitter, an even bigger rear wing (which Brabham claims will produce 1200kg of downforce), air vents on every panel, side skirts and a centre-mounted dual exhaust.
The BT62 sits on 18-inch centre-locking wheels which are fitted with specially developed Michelin rubber. Dry weight is stated at 972kg.
In the cabin the track-focused nature of BT62 is just as apparent with fixed FIA-spec carbon fibre racing seats, six-point harnesses, adjustable peddle box, removable carbon fibre steering wheel and 12-inch digital instrument cluster.
From the drivers seat you'll also notice a roll cage, fire extinguisher and central control panel with buttons for the headlights, demister and windshield wipers. But hidden under the skin is a 125-litre fuel tank with quick-fill connectors and even a built-in air jack system.
As a track-only supercar, BT62 features fully adjustable double-wishbone suspension with anti-roll bars and four-way adjustable Ohlins dampers. Brakes are equally impressive with high-performance carbon ceramic Brembo disks with six-piston calipers at each wheel.
BT62 production is limited to 70 units - marking 70 years since Sir Jack began racing in Australia - and priced at £1 million (NZ$1.9m).
However, BT62 is not a one-off creation with the company announcing a bold plan for the future during the launch.
Brabham say BT62 is the first part in a long-term product development plan with an "ultimate goal" to one day compete in Le Mans 24 Hours.
David Brabham said the BT62 is "the next chapter in the evolving Brabham story" and that it's "a car truly worthy of carrying the iconic Brabham name".
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