Building on a remarkable 70-year racing pedigree, Brabham announced its return to manufacturing in central London, with the global launch of Brabham Automotive’s first product, the stunning BT62.
Supported by Newspress Creative, Brabham presented the new track-only supercar at a gala event hosted at Australia House in London, chosen in recognition of the company’s proud Anglo-Australian roots.
With over 200 distinguished guests and global media in attendance, and with renowned TV sports commentator Steve Rider presiding as Master of Ceremonies, the atmosphere was charged with anticipation ahead of the reveal, as the legendary Brabham name entered a new chapter.
Still the only driver to win a F1 World Championship in a vehicle bearing his name, 2018 is the 70th anniversary of driver and engineer Jack Brabham’s entry into the world of racing cars. With the mantle now passed to his son, David Brabham, the BT62 is envisaged as the first car in the reborn brand, ahead of its return to racing and the production of road cars.
With headline figures that point to the car’s potential, the new Brabham is bred for the track and capable of blistering lap times. With a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per tonne and a dry weight of just 972kg, the BT62 is powered by a Brabham developed, naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre capacity V8 engine.
Many famous names from the motor racing fraternity and Brabham’s past were present on the night to witness the BT62’s unveiling in person. Former Brabham Formula 1 Team Manager Herbie Blash, the team’s former Race Coordinator Tony Jardine, joined drivers from the team’s past including Derek Bell, John Watson, Derek Warwick, Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell.
With a base price of £1m plus local taxes, and before options, production of the Brabham BT62 will be limited to just seventy cars in recognition of Brabham’s 70-year heritage; the first thirty-five of which will celebrate the thirty-five Grand Prix victories won by Brabham over its thirty-year reign in Formula 1.