Unforgettable – that’s what David Brabham says this year’s Festival of Speed Presented by Mastercard will be for him. The Le Mans winner and son of a triple World Champion will be behind the wheel of his BT62, first new Brabham since 1992, when it makes its dynamic world debut up the Goodwood Hill on July 12th-15th.
700hp Brabham BT62 to make world debut at FOS
Seeing the new 700bhp race-bred track car with Sir Jack’s son in the hot seat promises to be one of the weekend’s most evocative sights. It will also mark a dynamic new future for the marque that David has battled to resurrect as a modern-day supercar manufacturer.
“Giving the BT62 its dynamic public debut and returning the Brabham name, with all of its historical significance and racing pedigree, to Goodwood will be an experience I’ll never forget,” David told us today.
“My father attended the festival many times, and it’s great to continue the tradition of a Brabham driving a Brabham up the hill. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is without equal in celebrating all things automotive.”
FOS this year will be the first time the world has seen the Australian-built V8 in action, following its unveiling in London in May. The production run of 70 cars reflects the number of years since the late Sir Jack made his competition debut in Australia. – Each car costs from £1 million each, plus taxes.
In Goodwood trim for its dynamic debut, the car will be in a new red and blue livery which pays tribute to the Brabham BT46B ‘fan car’ which Niki Lauda drove to victory in its first and only race, the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp in 1978. The red and blue BT62 is one of 35 Celebration models liveried up in tribute to Sir Jack’s 35 Formula 1 victories.
As well as providing a stirring sight, the Goodwood debut promises plenty of sound effects as David gives the 5.4-litre naturally-aspirated V8 the beans up the hill. All-up weight of just 972kg and plenty of downforce from that giant rear wing – 1,200kg at top speed – will ensure it won’t be hanging around.
Although so far shown only in track form, a road version and GT race BT62 are likely – the latter to fulfil David Brabham’s dream to compete at Le Mans with a car of his own design, echoing his father’s achievements as a constructor, as well as driver, in Formula 1.
You can ask David and the rest of his team about all that yourself in the Brabham shelter of the Michelin Supercar Paddock every day of FOS, where both car and driver will be based in between runs up the hill.
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