Move over McLaren Senna?
After some tantalizing teasers, Brabham Automotive, which was founded by former Formula 1 racer and Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham, the son of triple world champion Sir Jack has unveiled its first ever car. Meet the Brabham BT62, a track-only, McLaren Senna-rivaling supercar. Power is provided by a mid-mounted, 5.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 that produces 700 horsepower and 492 lb-ft of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels to “challenge and reward the driver in equal measures.”
Designed to set blistering lap times, the BT62 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 720-hp per tonne and has a dry weight of just 2,142 pounds. Crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, the BT62 looks strikingly aggressive thanks to an abundance of aerodynamic body parts including a large front splitter, diffuser and massive rear wing. But it's not just for show. The BT62 generates 2,646 pounds of downforce, surpassing the track-only McLaren Senna GTR. “Created from a blank sheet of paper, our first car takes Brabham into an exciting new era, whilst honoring and upholding the marque’s glorious past,” said Brabham Automotive’s Director of Technology and Engineering, Paul Birch.
“Using contemporary materials, processes and technologies, and following a rigorous two-year engineering and development program, the resulting BT62 is a car that demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering immense reward and satisfaction.” Inside, you’re left in no doubt that you’re sitting inside a hardcore, track-focused supercar. Drivers sit in FIA-spec carbon fiber racing seats with six-point harnesses. There’s also a removable carbon fiber steering wheel, adjustable pedals, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and a rollcage. The BT62 also has double-wishbone suspension with adjustable anti-roll bars and four-way adjustable Ohlins dampers.
High-performance carbon ceramic Brembo brakes with six piston calipers provide brutal stopping power. Only 70 examples of the Brabham BT62 will be produced to celebrate 70 years since Sir Jack Brabham started his racing career. The first 35 will feature distinctive liveries paying homage to each of Brabham’s 35 Formula 1 victories. Each will cost £1 million ($1.35 million). Brabham also wants to return to racing, with its sights set firmly on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.