Brabham’s savage supercar will make its US debut at Monterey Car Week this month.
After making its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last month, the brutal Brabham BT62 will finally make its US debut at Monterey Car Week in California this month. The savage supercar will be on display at the Michelin stand at Laguna Seca and will also make appearances at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and the Exotics on Cannery Row. To celebrate its North American debut, the BT62 on display at Monterey Car Week will sport a unique livery in honor of Dan Gurney, the first ever driver to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix in a Brabham racing car.
Finished in Brabham’s distinctive green and gold colors, the car will be a homage to the Brabham BT7 Gurney steered to victory at the French Grand Prix in 1964. Production is limited to 70 units, the first 35 of which will feature special liveries celebrating each of Brabham’s 35 Formula 1 Grand Prix victories which include one US Grand Prix win and four Canadian Grand Prix wins, but Brabham doesn’t seem to be having trouble finding buyers. The company has announced it has received the first customer order for a BT62 in North America, which was sold for a cool $1.3 million.
That’s an eye-popping price but remember the Brabham BT62 is a track-only supercar (Brabham will convert it for the road if you ask nicely, however) featuring an aggressive design and carbon fiber body that brings the car’s weight down to just 2,142 pounds, while its aerodynamic package enables the BT62 to produce over 2,645 pounds of downforce. Power is provided by a mid-mounted 5.4-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed sequential transmission that produces 700 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque.
"I've enjoyed great success in the United States over the course of my racing career, as did my father, Sir Jack, and brother Geoff Brabham, who is a member of the Motorsport Hall of Fame of America," said David Brabham, managing director of Brabham Automotive. "As a country, the US holds great significance for the family, and continued importance for the Brabham racing dynasty, and we're proud to be showcasing the car to the world's most discerning motoring enthusiasts at Monterey Car Week."