Brabham Is Back With The BT62

Brabham Is Back With The BT62

Brabham Is Back With The BT62

Building on a remarkable 70-year racing pedigree, David Brabham has announced Brabham’s return to manufacturing at a gala event in central London, with the global launch of Brabham Automotive’s first product, the stunning BT62.

The Brabham BT62 continues the legendary ‘BT’ naming convention established by founders Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac in the 1960s and honours the legacy of the marque’s greatest and most memorable cars.

With headline figures that point to the potency of the car, the new Brabham is pure-bred for the track and capable of setting blistering lap times. 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.

Heralding the start of an exciting new chapter for the iconic marque, the BT62 has been specifically designed, developed and tested to reward like no other. Designed from the ground-up and featuring a host of unique engineering details, the Brabham BT62 draws on the project team’s vast experience to create a car without equal. Crafted from lightweight carbon fibre, the BT62’s exterior surface and aggressive aerodynamic package combine to strike the optimal balance between function and form.

Celebrating the company’s proud Anglo-Australian roots, the launch took place tonight at Australia House in London, home to the Australian High Commission, set amidst a breath-taking assembly of historic Brabham racing cars and memorabilia evoking memories and charting the remarkable successes of the marque’s illustrious past.

Speaking at the unveiling, Managing Director, David Brabham said, “It’s with great pride that I honour and continue my father’s legacy in revealing the next chapter in the evolving Brabham story. The team we have in place, and the vision it shares, provides a solid platform for Brabham Automotive to execute its long-term business strategy. Our first step to deliver on that strategy is the Brabham BT62, a car truly worthy of carrying the iconic Brabham name.”

The Brabham BT62 has been designed and engineered to demand more from its driver. It’s a car for those who want to challenge themselves and their limitations to experience driving in its purest form.

Those fortunate enough to own a Brabham BT62 will join the Brabham driver development programme, where their physical ability and determination will be raised to a place where the performance potential of both driver and vehicle can be fully exploited together as one.

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.

The Brabham BT62 unveiled on the night was liveried in celebration of Jack Brabham’s green and gold BT19 and 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 to date only) driver to win a World Championship in a car of his own construction. First deliveries of the Brabham BT62 are expected later this year.

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.

With a long-term plan in place and a phased product development programme already underway, the company’s ultimate goal is to see the iconic Brabham name return once again to compete on the race track, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans firmly in its sights.

The Brabham BT62 in more detail
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.

Charged with overseeing the development of the Brabham BT62, Brabham Automotive’s Director of Technology and Engineering, Paul Birch, said, “Created from a blank sheet of paper, our first car takes Brabham into an exciting new era, whilst honouring and upholding the marque’s glorious past. Using contemporary materials, processes and technologies, and following a rigorous two-year engineering and development programme, the resulting BT62 is a car that demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering immense reward and satisfaction.”

Specification highlights
The Brabham BT62 is a mid-engined track car, with its power driven to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted race-spec transmission.

  • With a dry weight of just 972kg, the vehicle is incredibly light, and boasts a power to weight ratio of 730ps per tonne.
  • Power comes from a Brabham 5.4 litre V8 engine which produces 710ps (700bhp, 522kW) and 667 Nm (492 ft/lb) of torque.
  • With its performance-optimised body and aggressive aerodynamic package, the Brabham BT62 delivers over 1200kg of downforce.
  • Saving additional weight and with additive performance, brakes are carbon/carbon featuring 6 piston calipers front and rear.

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.

Limited production run
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.

The first thirty-five cars will be liveried in tribute to each of Brabham’s thirty-five Formula 1 Grand Prix victories.

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. First deliveries are expected later this year.

About Brabham Automotive
The Brabham story began in 1948 when Sir Jack Brabham made his Australian competition debut. Sir Jack went on to become a triple world champion and in 1966 became the first, and still the only, driver to win a Formula 1 World Championship in a car of his own construction.

Now seventy years on, Brabham remains one of the world’s most iconic motorsport marques with a lineage of champion racers, engineers and innovators. Spearheaded by David Brabham, Brabham Automotive continues that rich heritage and continues the Brabham story into the 21st century, once again designing and manufacturing cars which defy convention.

Despite only building its first car in 1961, by the mid-1960s Brabham had become the largest manufacturer of single-seat racing cars in the world, and by 1970 had built over five hundred cars. Renowned for its customer service, Brabham had the reputation of providing customers with cars of a standard equal to those used by the works team and provided a high degree of support to its clients, with Jack even assisting with car setup. Brabham Automotive is an automotive company built on the same values that have defined Brabham’s winning dynasty from the beginning.

Fearlessly determined and continually pushing limits, Brabham Automotive is borne of a pedigree that has stood the test of time – a racing dynasty like no other – which drives the company and provides its inspiration to succeed.

Staying true to Brabham’s proud Anglo-Australian roots, the company will have its US, European and Middle Eastern office in the UK, whilst its Australasian and Asian office will be based in Adelaide, South Australia, where the manufacture of the BT62 will also take place in a 15,000sq. m facility.

Brabham Automotive is at the beginning of a new chapter of car manufacturing, producing the finest high-performance cars for drivers who back themselves, accept the challenge, and take control of their own destiny.

Speaking at the launch, Managing Director, David Brabham said, “I set out twelve years ago to re-establish the iconic Brabham name, determined to see it return to global competition. My father had an incredible determination to succeed and, like him, I’ve worked tirelessly through this time, drawing on my experience as a racing driver, leader and mentor, never once losing sight of that goal. It’s been challenging at times, but what we have achieved is simply staggering. Today’s unveiling makes me feel incredibly proud as the Brabham legacy enters a new era.”

Stars and cars steal the show at Silverstone Classic Preview

Stars and cars steal the show at Silverstone Classic Preview

Stars and cars steal the show at Silverstone Classic Preview

  • Formula 1 superstars take to the track in iconic single-seater machinery
    • Sky and Channel 4 film F1 features as classics meet current day
    • Motor sport royalty, Murray Walker, celebrates 70th anniversary of Silverstone’s first Grand Prix
    • Quartet of BTCC champions turn out in series’ 60th year
    • Record pre-event ticket sales promise biggest and best Classic yet

Formula 1 stars, Le Mans winners, touring car champions, motor sport legends and one of Britain’s most decorated Olympians were among the fast and famous revving up today (Wednesday) for this summer’s eagerly-anticipated Silverstone Classic.

Held in and around Silverstone’s iconic Wing complex and on the hallowed Grand Prix track, the star-studded Preview acted as the perfect curtain-raiser to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, which will be staged at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ from 20-22 July.

The day’s star-studded line-up included legendary voice of F1, Murray Walker OBE, nine-time Grand Prix winner Mark Webber, Sky F1 lead commentator Martin Brundle, Channel 4 F1 pundit Karun Chandhok, former Williams F1 test-driver and Dare To Be Different founder Susie Wolff MBE, engineering genius Adrian Newey OBE, Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy MBE, Monte-Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk MBE, JET ambassador Nicolas Hamilton and a quartet of British Touring Car Champions.

Webber, Chandhok and Wolff joined Walker to film a special feature for Channel 4 F1 to mark 70 years since Silverstone hosted its very first Grand Prix – a race Walker attended as a spectator, before returning to take to the mic the following season – with one of the standout features of the forthcoming Classic set to be a special parade to celebrate that landmark anniversary.

Webber got into the spirit of the occasion by climbing behind the wheel of an ERA GP1 E-Type as raced in that first Grand Prix in 1948. Not to be outdone, Chandhok and Wolff took to the track in Alta and Cooper Bristol Grand Prix cars respectively from the same era.

“It’s been a very exciting day here at Silverstone,” enthused the Australian, who went on to compete in – and win – the FIA World Endurance Championship after hanging up his F1 helmet at the end of 2013. “Unfortunately, I’m away for the Classic weekend itself but I know it’s an incredible event – with more than 1,000 entries, it’s one of the biggest in the world. It’s an historic venue that attracts an incredible collection of cars and I think it’s hit Susie, Karun and myself straight between the eyes today just how much passion and enthusiasm is here.”

Also filming were Sky Sports F1, with Brundle track testing a Ferrari 246 Dino in honour of Britain’s first world champion Mike Hawthorn, who raced a similar car to the F1 title 60 years ago in 1958. The try-out represented the 50th Formula 1 car that the versatile Englishman has driven. Both the Sky and C4 features will air later in the season as part of their F1 coverage, highlighting the spotlight that the Classic shines on retro F1.

Another momentous milestone in 2018 is 60 years of the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), and in evidence of the series’ enduring appeal, former champions Jason Plato, Rickard Rydell and John Fitzpatrick were joined at Silverstone today by reigning title-holder Ashley Sutton for a veritable tour de force. The four men count more than 125 race wins between them, and the Swede wound back the clock as he returned to the cockpit of the striking Volvo S40 in which he clinched the coveted crown 20 years ago.

Two-time title-winner Plato brought the action right back to the present day by joining the tracking laps in his current Subaru Levorg GT, while Fitzpatrick is the series’ oldest surviving champion and, like Rydell, will return to Silverstone for the main event as part of an even larger contingent of tin-top greats this summer. Other cars on display today included the headline-grabbing Volvo 850 Estate from 1994, Frank Gardner’s 1968 title-winning Alan Mann-prepared Ford Escort and the Austin A40 with which George ‘Doc’ Shepherd lifted the laurels back in 1960. All of these and more will form part of a 60-car Diamond Anniversary parade on Tin Top Sunday in July.

Amongst the 120-plus cars testing were many more representative of this year’s special highlights. Formula Junior celebrates its Diamond Jubilee in 2018 – with in excess of 100 of these original F1 starter formula cars already entered for the Classic – while this summer’s spectacular will, for the first time, welcome the exciting new Masters Endurance Legends series, whose grid numbers will include multiple gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. That race will form part of a special ‘Daytona at Dusk’ tribute to the Daytona 24 Hours, with three unmissable GT and sportscar showdowns lining-up together as the sun sets on Saturday evening.

In addition to the racing, car clubs will be out in force at the Classic this summer celebrating myriad model and marque anniversaries. Those present for the Preview Day included examples of the front-engined Ferrari Daytona – 50 years young and still as iconic as back in its heyday – and Aston Martin’s DB1 and DB4, which wowed in the paddock and out on the legendary GP circuit in equal measure.

“I think it’s safe to say that everybody that attended today’s Silverstone Classic Preview has had their appetite well and truly whetted by the sensational showcase of cars on display and out on-track,” said Event Director, Nick Wigley. “We’ve had famous faces in abundance, from Formula 1 superstars to some of the finest touring car drivers ever to grace the grid and the man whose voice is unquestionably the most instantly recognisable anywhere in the sport – the inimitable Murray Walker.

“With so much to celebrate, the 2018 Classic is going to be even bigger and better than ever before, and with pre-event ticket sales currently running at record levels, it is clear that this summer’s programme of races, activities and attractions has captured the attention of fans far and wide. There really will be something for everyone when we return here in July – a visual and audible feast for all the senses.”

Whether two- or four-wheel fanatics – or indeed families looking for a memorable fun-fuelled day out – all visitors wishing to attend this summer’s Silverstone Classic must book in advance. As has proved so popular in the past, all admission provides free access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings (topped by Soul II Soul and UB40 respectively), air shows, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. Options for camping and hospitality are also available. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are detailed on the website.