“…a car that demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering immense reward and satisfaction.”
Paul Birch, Director of Technology and Engineering, Brabham Automotive
“It’s with great pride that I honour and continue my father’s legacy in revealing the next chapter in the evolving Brabham story,” said David Brabham, Managing Director of Brabham Automotive and the youngest son of company co-founder and three time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham. “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.”
Technical highlights of the track-only supercar:
- The BT62 is powered by a Brabham 5.4 litre naturally aspirated V8 engine which produces 700 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque
- The mid-engined car is rear wheel drive via a rear-mounted race-spec transmission
- With a dry weight of just 972 kg, the BT62 has a power to weight ratio of 720 hp per ton
- With its performance-optimised body and aggressive aerodynamic package, the BT62 delivers over 1,200 kg of downforce
- Saving additional weight and enhancing performance, brakes are carbon fibre with 6 piston calipers front and rear
- The BT62 will use Michelin racing slick tires, marking the start of the strategic partnership with Michelin as official tire supplier and technical partner to Brabham Automotive
Those fortunate enough to own a Brabham BT62 will join the Brabham driver development program and will contribute to raising the performance potential of both car and driver. With a long-term plan in place and a phased product development program underway, the company’s ultimate goal is to return to compete on the race track and race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“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,” said Paul Birch, Brabham Automotive’s Director of Technology and Engineering. “Using contemporary materials, processes and technologies, and following a rigorous two-year engineering and development programme, the resulting BT62 is a car that demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering immense reward and satisfaction.”
The Brabham BT62 unveiled is 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 car of his own construction.
The Brabham story began in 1948 and by the mid-1960s Brabham had become the largest manufacturer of single-seat racing cars in the world. The company will have its US, European and Middle Eastern office in the UK, whilst its Australasian and Asian office will be based in Adelaide, South Australia, where the manufacture of the BT62 will also take place in a 15,000sq. m facility. First deliveries of the Brabham BT62 are expected later this year.