Brabham Automotive, the Australian high-performance manufacturer, announced in January that they are to make a new Road Compliance Conversion option for its limited edition BT62 track car, making the car road legal.
Whilst the original BT62 is built to be an unrestricted track car, with performance and power that significantly surpasses that of a GT car, the company has responded to customers who would like to use their car on the road occasionally, particularly when they drive their BT62 to and from a race circuit.
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 also take place in Australia for other regions of the world.
Cars will be made compliant to suit the customer, with Commercial Director of Brabham Automotive, Dan Marks saying that “Customers have the flexibility of completing the Brabham Driver Development Programme before converting their BT62 or requesting that their BT62 be delivered as a road compliant version. Given these cars are limited editions, tailored to the needs of each owner, we are keen to provide this flexibility to our customers where we can.”
Each converted BT62 will be put through the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) test to ensure that the car has been designed and constructed to meet and achieve all regulatory and legal standards before the car is allowed onto the public roads.
There will also be some specification modifications made so that the car is actually usable on the road, such as raising the ride height and increasing the steering lock range. Some home comforts will also be fitted, such as air conditioning, door locks and immobilisers for security and a comfortable high-quality upholstery interior.
This extra weight will cause minimal compromise to the car’s race circuit dynamics and performance and the phenomenal power output of 700bhp will remain unchanged.
David Brabham, Managing Director of Brabham Automotive, says of the BT62 conversion that “We designed the BT62 to be an unrestricted, thoroughbred track car and our extensive test programme has revealed it to be all of those things. This isn’t a car designed for the road. With that said, it’s clear some customers are keen to have a road compliant option with their BT62, particularly to drive to and from the track. My father Jack was always customer focused and we will continue with that ethos.”
It is expected that the first road-compliant BT62 will to be delivered to its eager owner this coming summer. For information on Brabham you can visit their website at www.brabhamautomotive.com
Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man Behind The Wheel and Our Man On The Ground Travel and Lifestyle Magazine.
Photographs courtesy of Brabham Automotive