Review

Brabham BT62 ~ 70 years of racing

by staff writer JP

Continuing the legendary ‘BT’ naming convention established by founders Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac in the 1960s, this car honours the legacy of the marque’s greatest and most memorable

The BT62 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per tonne, a dry weight of just 972kg and is powered by a Brabham naturally-aspirated 5.4 litre capacity V8 engine. Designed from the ground up and featuring a host of unique engineering details, the Brabham BT62 draws on the project team’s vast experience. Crafted from lightweight carbon fibre, the BT62’s exterior surface and aggressive aerodynamic package combine to strike the optimal balance between function and form.

Production of the Brabham BT62 will be limited to just seventy cars to celebrate the seventy years since Sir Jack Brabham launched his racing career in Australia in 1948 and the birth of Brabham Automotive in 2018. Owners of the Brabham BT62 will join a tailored driver development and experience programme to enable them to fully exploit the performance potential of this exceptional car.

"It’s with great pride that I honour and continue my father’s legacy in revealing the next chapter in the evolving Brabham story"
David Brabham, Managing Director Brabham Automotive

With a base price of £1m, production of the Brabham BT62 will be limited to just seventy cars in recognition of Brabham’s 70 year heritage; the first 35 of which will celebrate the 35 Grand Prix victories won by Brabham over its thirty year reign in Formula 1.

The BT62 unveiled on the night was liveried in celebration of Jack Brabham’s green and gold BT19. His historic victory at the 1966 French Formula 1 Grand Prix at Reims, the year in which he made history in becoming the first and only driver to win a World Championship in a car of his own construction. Led by multiple Le Mans winner, David Brabham, Brabham Automotive has been established as a manufacturer of high performance vehicles which challenge and reward the driver in equal measures.

As the next in the line of legendary racers, the Brabham BT62 carries more than just the Brabham name; it shares its DNA. Working to the same brief as each of the BT-designated vehicles that came before it, David Brabham has led the team to design and develop a car to deliver blistering on-track performance. In producing the BT62, the team has followed the same pragmatic approach that saw Brabham achieve 35 Formula 1 Grand Prix wins and four World Championships.

The new Brabham BT62 will be proudly using Michelin racing slick tyres, marking the start of the brand’s strategic partnership with Michelin as official tyre supplier and technical partner to Brabham Automotive. Extensively used in testing for the BT62, Brabham Automotive looks forward to working with Michelin to develop tyres to ensure the continued performance of its vehicles to the very highest levels.