Brabham’s track-focused hypercar has it all to prove of course but this new company, headed by the Le Mans-winning son of triple F1 World Champion Sir Jack, is certainly bullish: “BT62 is pure-bred for the track and capable of setting blistering lap times. It is designed and engineered to demand more from the driver and reward the limited few who will rise to its challenge.”
Like rival hypercar companies, Brabham plans a driver development programme to help owners to exploit the BT62’s performance on the track.
Brabham Automotive says they are going to build 70 BT62s, to mark 70 years since Sir Jack launched his racing career in Australia. Each will cost £1 million plus taxes, and orders are now being taken for delivery, says Brabham, before the end of the year.
There’s a lot still to know but the rebirth of Brabham story does get more interesting by the week. It’s a story that’s been a long time coming – it is 26 years since the last Brabham BT – so we can perhaps forgive them for stretching out the launch. The full reveal in London doesn’t come until 2 May, after which the car, and a heritage collection of Brabham racers, will be on show to the public at an as-yet unknown location. It’s free but you will need a ticket: get that at www.brabhamautomotive.com/exhibition
Until then the guessing game goes on: is it road legal? Will it race? Can McLaren sleep at night?