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The Brutal 700-HP Brabham BT62 Can Be Made Road Legal

But there's a catch.

Remember the brutal Brabham BT62 track car that was unveiled a few months back? It turns out there’s a secret Brabham didn’t tell us in the announcement: it can be made street-legal on request if you’re brave enough to tame it on the public road. Remember, this is a car so savage, you have to be taught how to drive it safely.

As reported by Jalopnik, Brabham announced the revelation that clients will be able to turn the BT62 into a 700 hp daily driver at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. If you really want to use the BT62 for the school run or work commute, Brabham will happily convert the car for road use. There is a slight drawback, however – it will need to be shipped back to the UK every year to stay road legal.

The process can be reversed, however, if you want to restore it back to factory condition. After the conversion, the car goes through an Independent Vehicle Assessment before receiving a set of UK license plates. It can still be driven on roads outside of the UK, but it will need to keep its British license plates to retain its UK registration.

Brabham will also consult with clients to see how feasible it is to make your BT62 road legal to comply with local regulations. After the first year, the car will need to be returned to Brabham in the UK for another service. This then allows you to drive it on the road for another year. Theoretically, this can be repeated every year if you don’t mind the hassle of having to send it back to the UK for an IVA every 12 months.

The Brabham BT62 is, however, a thoroughbred track car first and foremost, so don’t expect the cramped cabin to be very comfortable. Its 5.4-liter V8 produces 700 horsepower, and the car has a curb weight of just 2,142 pounds - this is a car designed to set blistering lap times, not get stuck in traffic jams. Those that do have it converted for the road will instantly stand out, though, as only 70 examples are being produced.

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