October 21, 2018

Brabham Roars Back With The BT62 – An Australian Supercar

The Brabham BT62
The Brabham BT62

This is the BT62, the first vehicle from Brabham Automotive – and a supercar that will be built in Australia.

A pure-bred carbon-fibre track car, the BT62 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 720hp, a dry weight of 972kg and is powered by a Brabham naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre V8.

Unveiled on May 2 at Australia House in London, the BT62 marks the return of the Brabham name to track car manufacturing – a sector it dominated in the 1960s when, under the guidance of founder and Formula One legend Sir Jack Brabham, his company became the largest manufacturer of single-seat racing cars in the world.

The new Brabham company paid homage to Sir Jack with the livery of the BT62 – its green and gold body a nod to the 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 BT62 will be a genuine, track-only supercar and owners will join Brabham’s tailored driver development and experience program. With just 70 of the cars being made – one for every year of Brabham’s illustrious history – interested parties will need to be quick to get their hands on one, and have deep pockets too – the base price is £1million ($AU1.8million) plus local taxes, and before options.

Brabham BT62 rear quarter view lights on

BT62 Spec highlights

A mid-engined track car, with its power driven to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted race-spec transmission.

  • With a dry weight of just 972kg, the vehicle boasts a power to weight ratio of 720hp per tonne.
  • Power comes from a Brabham 5.4 litre V8 engine which produces 700bhp (522kW) and 667 Nm (492 ft/lb) of torque.
  • With its performance-optimised body and aggressive aerodynamic package, the Brabham BT62 delivers over 1200kg of downforce.
  • Saving additional weight and with additive performance, brakes are carbon/carbon featuring 6 piston calipers front and rear.

The BT62 will wear Michelin racing slick tyres, marking the start of the brand’s partnership with Michelin as official tyre supplier and technical partner to Brabham Automotive.

Brabham Automotive 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.

David Brabham at the unveiling of the BT62
David Brabham at the unveiling of the BT62

“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. “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.”

First deliveries of the Brabham BT62 are expected later this year.