Back in May in central London, David Brabham announced Brabham’s return as a modern-day supercar manufacturer, with its first new car since 1992, the stunning Brabham BT62.
The Brabham BT62 continues with the legendary ‘BT’ naming convention which was established by the company’s founders Sir Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac back in the 1960s and pays tribute to the marque’s greatest and most memorable cars.
This exciting new Brabham is pure-bred for the track and capable of setting blistering lap times with a power-to-weight ratio of an impressive 730ps per tonne, weighing in at just 972kg and powered by a Brabham naturally aspirated 5.4 litre capacity V8 engine.
It therefore seemed only fitting that Goodwood be the venue for this remarkable car’s official world debut with none other than Le Mans winner and son of a triple World Champion, David Brabham behind the wheel.
Ahead of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, David Brabham said that: “Giving the BT62 its dynamic public debut and returning the Brabham name, with all of its historical significance and racing pedigree, to Goodwood will be an experience I’ll never forget.”
“My father attended the festival many times, and it’s great to continue the tradition of a Brabham driving a Brabham up the hill. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is without equal in celebrating all things automotive.”
This year’s event is the first time the Australian-built BT62 will be seen in action following it’s unveiling back in May.
The plan is to build just 70 cars at a price tag of £1 million. And as we wrote back in March, Brabham is also planning to make a Road Compliance Conversion option for the limited edition BT62 track car, making the car road legal. The road compliant conversion process for the BT62 will take place in the UK for European cars and will cost £150,000 on top of the list price of the car itself. The same process will be carried out in Australia for other regions of the world.
As well as a road version, Brabham also have plans to build a GT race version of the BT62, as one of David Brabham’s dreams is to compete at Le Mans in a car of his own design, following in the footsteps of his father, who was not only a successful Formula One constructor but also a remarkable racing driver.
When not taking to Goodwood’s hill, the BT62 was on display in the Brabham shelter of the Michelin Supercar Paddock where David Brabham was on hand to speak with enthusiasts and visitors alike about his impressive and very beautiful new car.
For more information on the Brabham BT62 please visit the Brabham Automotive website: www.brabhamautomotive.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs by Gary Harman