The new road-legal Brabham BT62R has the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 on the market.
Back in 2018, the Brabham BT62 debuted as a 700-hp track weapon rivaling the McLaren Senna. High demand then prompted the Australian startup to launch the BT62 Competition, which converted the track monster for the road. Now, a third version of the BT62 has joined the lineup - say hello to the new road-legal Brabham BT62R, which is much better suited for the street than its Competition sibling.
Available in either left or right-hand drive, the Brabham BT62R can be finished in either a Signature Series livery designed by the customer or a Celebration Series that pays homage to one of the 35 Formula 1 wins achieved by Brabham Formula 1 cars.
Like the original BT62, power is provided by a 5.4-liter V8 producing 700 horsepower and 491 lb-ft of torque. Brabham claims this is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 on the market. While it shares the same powertrain as its Track and Competition siblings, there are several key changes that make the BT62R more suitable for everyday road driving. The exhaust system, for example, is quieter, and the six-speed sequential transmission features revised gear ratios and clutch-free gear changes on track, but there's also a traditional clutch for smoother driving on public roads.
To make the BT62 road legal, there's required lighting, side mirrors have been fitted, the doors are now remotely operated with a new Brabham key, and the wheels are wrapped in grippy Eagle F1 SuperSport road tires.
Inside, the cabin is more comfortable with luxurious seats constructed from carbon fiber and finished in either leather and/or Alcantara with contrast stitching. There's also an Alcantara-trimmed roof and a climate cooling system. Elsewhere, the dashboard features a new digital control panel with a rear-facing camera and the option to switch to the track-focused display.
While the BT62R shares the same chassis as its track-focused siblings, the suspension has been tuned for road use. Changes to the exterior include a revised front splitter, a new top-mounted air intake, a new rear diffuser and a redesigned rear wing that's road legal. Thanks to its lightweight construction, Brabham claims the BT62R has a "superior downforce-to-weight ratio over comparable road vehicles."
"Launching the BT62R is a great achievement for the team at Brabham Automotive. All the requisite design and engineering to turn the track BT62 into the road going BT62R has been done in-house by our team of engineers, which is a great testimony to their endeavor and expertise," said Dan Marks, CEO of Brabham Automotive.
"This is a significant milestone for Brabham Automotive as we continue towards the launch of our next car, which will be a fully homologated road car. We will be making further announcements about this exciting next chapter in the coming months. For now, customers can get a taste of what it is like to drive a Brabham on the road with the BT62R."
Pricing hasn't been announced, but the first BT62R is already scheduled for delivery in the next few weeks and Brabham has already received multiple orders.