Revived racing car company Brabham Automotive has announced its return to manufacturing at a gala event in central London, with the global launch of the Anglo-Australian brand’s first product, the track-only BT62.
Unveiled by company boss and multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham, the son of triple Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham, the rear-wheel drive vehicle boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 720 bhp per tonne, a dry weight of 972 kg and is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.4 litre V8 engine that generates 700 bhp and 492 ft-lb of torque.
Said to have been created from a blank sheet of paper over a “rigorous” two-year engineering and development programme, the new BT62 also gets a lightweight carbon-fibre body, which, together with an aggressive aerodynamic package, enables it to generate over 1200 kg of downforce.
The car revealed in London was also bedecked in a special livery design in celebration of Jack Brabham’s green and gold BT19 and his historic victory at the 1966 French F1 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.
Production of the BT62 will be limited to just seventy cars to celebrate the seventy years since Jack Brabham launched his racing career in Australia in 1948 and the birth of Brabham Automotive in 2018.
With a base price of £1m, first deliveries of the BT62 are expected to begin later this year.