Brabham Automotive says the factory team for 2021/22 will be funded in-house and directly linked to the Brabham BT62 Driver Development Programme. That is led by David Brabham who as well as Brabham Automotive managing director is lead test driver. The company is promising that early owners of the BT62 will be part of the test team as well as being offered the chance to race a part of the GTE Am (amateur) class.
No pro drivers for the assault on Le Mans have been so far named named, but the prospect of David emulating his father’s achievements and racing a car bearing his own name must be considered a possibility.
With its normally-aspirated 5.4-litre V8 and dry weight well within the GTE class 1,245kg minimum, the BT62 already closely mirrors GTE class specifications, and Brabham says the car was designed to be FIA compliant from the start. As a trackday car, the BT62 delivers an astonishing 1,200kg of downforce.
To be homologated as a race car Brabham will need to sell 25 road cars out of the 70 BT62s it has said it will build in total at the firm’s plant in Adelaide, South Australia. Performance of the road version is yet to be confirmed, but the company has said the road car will retain the V8’s power output of 700bhp.