It’s not often we get to write about Australian-manufactured cars, but Brabham has come to the rescue. The Brabham BT62 supercar will celebrate Jack Brabham’s 1966 Formula One win, and only 70 models will be made.
The cars are to be made in Adelaide, and each one will costs a cool £1 million, but you’ll never see one on the road; they are strictly track-only. Powered by a 5.4-litre V8 engine producing 700bhp, enthusiasts are calling it “the most glorious vehicle to come from down under this year – arguably ever.”
The Brabham name has an illustrious history, and not just because of Jack Brabham’s win. During its time as an F1 team between the years of 1962 and 1992, Brabham won 35 races, four drivers’ championships and two constructors’ titles. And in 1966, Jack Brabham was the first to win the manufactuer’s title, making him the first and only driver to win an F1 race and championship using a car he produced.
The Brabham BT62 was launched in London last week at a suitably glamorous event. And, in tribute to the 1966 team colours, the new model was also decked out in the same green and gold paint. Only 35 of the 70 Brabham BT62 models will be available in Jack’s F1 colours, while the others will be in colours chosen by the buyer.
There is even talk that Brabham may once again enter the racing circuit and that the Brabham BT62 may participate in the Le Mans 24-Hour race in the GTE category. David and Geoff Brabham, sons of Jack, have already been in the stamina-testing Le Mans race in the past and secured wins.
The Brabham BT62 features aerodynamic carbon fibre bodywork, including a huge rear wing that can generate as much as 1,200kg in downforce to pin it to the track in high-speed turns. It is positioned to compete with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Ferrari 488 and Porsche 911 RSR.
David Brabham, managing director of the company said: “I set out 12 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.”