Brabham. A company known best for its Formula heritage and technical innovation, has returned after a long hiatus from anything motorsport. The name alone resonates with racing success, so it’s only natural that they return to the scene with a collection of carbon fibre, kevlar, and competition busting numbers, all mixed together in the form of the Brabham BT62.
Let’s begin with those numbers. It weighs just 927kg dry. You can thank carbon fibre body panels and carbon kevlar wheel housings for that. And yes, before you ask, it produces more downforce than that at 1,200kg. So like the majority of these ultra hyper cars released as of late, it can ‘theoretically’ drive on the ceiling. Great.
Behind the driver’s seat sits a menacing 5.4-litre V8 designed by Brabham themselves and, without the help of forced induction, produces 700bhp and 492lb ft of torque.
Track defying performance to say the least, but there’s one catch: It’s not road legal. All those fins, blades, and wings pose a danger to anyone with a head atop their body so are strictly restricted to the asphalt of race tracks.
On the upper hand, Brabham can now fly free and produce whatever its credit cards allow. That means 6 piston Brembos front and rear, centre-lock wheels, a ‘motorsport exhaust system’ and a plethora of track-ready suspension bits such as double wishbones front and rear, pushrod actuated four-way adjustable Ohlins dampers, adjustable anti-roll bars and what they callv ‘active bump control’. It certainly sounds the business, but that doesn’t mean the interior has to be equally as hardcore.
Inside you’ll find Alcantara, leather, and FIA-spec carbon fibre seats, as well as an adjustable box and – just in case – a fire extinguisher. Sound pricey? Well it is at around £1.2 million in the UK, and with only 70 being produced, they’re surely going to appreciate rapidly.
This is what David Brabham has to say about the company’s infinite history and how this car reflects it:
“I set out twelve years ago to re-establish the iconic Brabham name, determined to see it return to global competition. My father had an incredible determination to succeed and, like him, I’ve worked tirelessly through this time, drawing on my experience as a racing driver, leader and mentor, never once losing sight of that goal.
“It’s been challenging at times, but what we have achieved is simply staggering. Today’s unveiling makes me feel incredibly proud as the Brabham legacy enters a new era.”
As you can tell, this car is primed with a racing livery and ready to go, so we wouldn’t be surprised if it one day appeared on the grip of the Le Mans 24-hours…