$1.8 million Brabham supercar unveiled in London

Katie Ramirez
May 3, 2018

While Brabham Racing, lead by Jack's youngest son, David, might make a comeback to competitive motorsports very soon, they've launched an insane 700 bhp track-only hyper auto called the BT62 to compete with McLaren Senna.

The track-only hypercar bears the name of former Formula 1 racer and Le Mans 24 Hours victor David Brabham. A nicely resolved - if somewhat generic - design, with more than a hint of Jaguar C-X75 about the front end, the BT62 certainly appears to be a worthy successor to Brabhams of yore.

The BT62 is 4460mm long and 1950mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2695mm.

The vehicle weighs in at just 972 kilograms, has an adjustable rear wing that can generate up to 1200 kilograms of downforce, and is fitted with slick Michelin tyres. The engine drives the rear wheels through a six-speed Hollinger sequential-shift racing transmission.

Given its track-only nature, the BT62 features six-point harnesses for both its seats, a removable carbon-fibre steering wheel, a built-in air jack system, and a 125 litre fuel tank with quick-fill connections.

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The production run of the BT62 will be limited to just 70 units in honour of the number of years since Sir Jack Brabham first raced. Owners will become members of a Brabham driver development programme created to develop their "physical ability and determination" to the point where they can "fully exploit" the BT62's performance.

The cars are expected to be ready for sale later this year and those who can afford the auto will undergo a special driver program.

The BT62 will be built on local soil at a facility in Adelaide and will be limited to just 70 units, paying tribute to the 70 years since motorsport legend Sir Jack Brabham began racing Down Under. The Anglo-Australian company will have offices in the United Kingdom and Adelaide, South Australia, where the BT62 will also be built at a 15,000 square-metre facility. The green and gold vehicle seen here is liveried to commemorate Jack Brabham's BT19, in which he took victory at the 1966 French Grand Prix. The first auto, on display at the launch event, was finished in the green and gold colours carried by the BT19, which Brabham used to take his team's first victory in the 1966 French Grand Prix at Reims.

The bespoke supercar was unveiled this evening at a star studded event at Australia House in London. It changed hands several times after that, eventually folding after the 1992 season, when owner Middlebridge Group Ltd hit financial trouble. Brabham Automotive have developed the BT62 as a no limits hypercar for the track, yet they have stated an ambition to race the vehicle at the Le Mans 24 Hours at some stage.

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