Limited production, track-only supercars costing seven-figure sums seem to be all the rage these days, with existing offerings such as the McLaren Senna GTR and the Aston Martin Vulcan now being joined by a new model from the revived Brabham marque.
Brabham was founded in 1960 as a Formula One team and racing car manufacturer by Australian Grand-Prix star Jack Brabham and designer Ron Tauranac. It went on to win four drivers’ and two constructors’ world championships and became the world’s largest builder of open-wheel racing cars before bowing out of Formula One in 1992.
In 2006, the late Jack Brabham’s son David – himself a highly successful sports car racer with three Le Mans class wins to his credit – undertook to revive the marque, and this month pulled the wraps off the new limited edition BT62 in a special ceremony held at London’s Australia House.
Priced at £1m plus taxes, the car will be built in Adelaide, South Australia, and features a carbon-fibre chassis housing a Brabham-designed 5.4-litre V8 engine producing 700 horsepower and driving through a six-speed, pneumatically actuated racing gearbox.
As a pure-bred track car, the BT62 is replete with top-quality competition componentry, including Brabham centre-lock wheels, Brembo brakes, a special Brabham-designed carbon-fibre steering wheel and a quick-fill, 125-litre fuel cell. All body panels are made from lightweight carbon fibre with a built-in air jack system.
Only 70 BT62s will be built, the first 35 of which will pay tribute to each of Brabham’s 35 Grand Prix wins, with a number of them carrying the famous green and gold livery extensively used by Brabham in its early F1 days. The remaining 35 “Signature Series” cars may be specified in any finish.
Buyers of the BT62 will be able to take part in a bespoke driver development and “experience” programme to enable them to exploit the performance of the car, and the first deliveries are expected to be made towards the end of this year.