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BT62 marks return of legendary Brabham name to the track


Since announcing their return and releasing multiple teasers earlier this year, Brabham Automotive finally pulled the covers off the BT62. The track-only supercar is the brand's first ever vehicle produced after 26 years of being dormant from automotive landscape It also mark's the Brabham name's return to the race track in a very long time.

Going into the details of the Brabham BT62, the body is said to be built from lightweight carbon fiber in order to keep the weight down. As for its aggressive styling, it is entirely functional and will aid the vehicle's aerodynamics and handling. Given that this is a track-only supercar, it sports an aggressive front splitter, a large rear diffuser, and a large rear wing. All combined, Brabham claims that the BT62 can produce 1,200 kg of downforce and has a dry weight of 972 kg.

To make sure the car handles well on track, the 18-inch center-lock racing wheels have been fitted with Michellin racing slicks. Hidden behind the wheels are Brembo six-piston carbon ceramic brakes to ensure the BT62 can stop in a dime.

Step inside, and there is barely any creature comfort if any at all. In front of the driver, there is a removable carbon fiber steering wheel. Occupants then sit in fixed FIA-spec carbon fiber bucket seats and are strapped down by a 6-point harness.

At the heart of the BT62 lies a naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V8 which produces 700 PS and 667 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a six-speed Holinger sequential transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddles. All power is then sent to the rear wheels. Matched with lightweight body, the track-only vehicle has a power-to-weight ratio of '720 PS per metric ton'.

Just 70 examples of the BT62 will be built to commemorate the 70 years of Brabham. Each will have a starting price of 1 million Pounds Sterling in the U.K. The first 35 units will sport unique color schemes of Jack Brabham's race-winning cars. In fact, the first one revealed sports the green and gold color of the BT19, which won the 1966 French Grand Prix.

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