Some cars make driving that much easier. Power steering, reverse cameras, cruise control… even self-driving on the horizon. The Brabham BT62 is having none of that. It’s a car for drivers. And we don’t mean ‘people that have a driving licence’, we’re talking adrenaline-fuelled road warriors with petrol in their veins.
If you’ve not heard of Brabham before then well done, you’re under about 70 years old. That’s how long it’s been since the manufacturer has actually had anything new on the road. Fortunately the Aussie automotive name is and with a bang.
The BT62 is, for want of a better word, mental. The mid-engine, track-only car follows in a long line of mental cars that are as close to road legal as Bill Cosby is to a role model. At 972kg it’s incredibly light and, equipped with a 5.4 litre V8 engine generating 700bhp is incredibly powerful to match. To keep it from taking off, it also generates a back-breaking 1,200kg of downforce.
Yes, it’s a monster. We don’t have a top speed yet but it’ll be up there with the big dogs. After all, MD David Brabham knows speed; he himself is a six-time Le Mans Champion. Still, you don’t need to have taken a podium to drive the BT62; the maker is happy to teach you themselves.
Part of purchasing one of the 35 BT62s that will be built is entry into the kind of driving club ten year olds dream of. You’ll be able to join the Brabham driver development programme, where you will really learn how to control the car. It won’t be easy but by god will it be quick.
All that brings us to the big question: price. How much does a state-of-the-art track-only hypercar built from the ground-up by an ex racing champion – complete with a driver training course – cost you? Well, it’s not cheap. £1 million plus taxes (so £1.2 million here in the UK). The Australians certainly know how to make a splash.
More at: www.brabham.co.uk