RE: Brabham BT62 road car to cost ?1.15 million

RE: Brabham BT62 road car to cost ?1.15 million

Monday 7th January

Brabham BT62 road car to cost £1.15 million

710hp track model will be available in road-legal form for a £150k premium



You know how the Brabham BT62 is a thoroughbred track car developed from the outset with only circuit use in mind? Well, the Australian car maker has now decided to launch a road compliance conversion, due to what it describes as customers' desire for occasional road use. Go figure.

Company boss David Brabham explains it like this: "This isn't a car designed for the road...but 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".


As we know from the likes of the McLaren P1 GTR, in the world of low volume track hypercars, such a conversion costs far more than just the price of treaded tyres, indicators and a pair of number plates. So to enable the use of its 710hp, mid-engined BT62 on the road, Brabham will require an additional £150,000, on top of the car's £1 million base price - crikey.

For that, Brabham tweaks the chassis with a front and rear axle lift system, increases the steering lock range, and it kits the interior out with more durable upholstery and standard air-con. Also added are door locks and an immobiliser, so your £1.15m track car can't be hot-wired like a 30 year-old Nova.


Brabham claims that the road-legal changes and their added mass have minimal impact on the BT62's on-track performance. We'd interpret that to mean the car is probably going to be a few tenths slower around a lap than the track-only version, but more than thrilling and fast enough to satisfy the average well heeled purchaser.

Course, with only 70 BT62s planned for production, it's probably fair to assume only a small handful will be made in street compliant form. The first examples are set to hit the track (or road) this summer...


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Fishy Dave

Original Poster:

518 posts

186 months

Monday 7th January
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I think it's a great looking car and good luck to them, a teensy bit outside my budget though. David is a nice guy and I'm happy to see the family name return to manufacturing.

FWDRacer

3,546 posts

165 months

Monday 7th January
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More than a hint of M12 GTO Noble (that has been on the steroids)...

wab172uk

1,293 posts

168 months

Monday 7th January
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If Darth Vader drove a car .....

TommyBuoy

1,017 posts

108 months

Monday 7th January
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I hope it comes with rear parking sensors - wouldn't want to reverse park with that wing silly

redroadster

882 posts

173 months

Monday 7th January
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Daft price is it any quicker than a mcclaren 720 that's nearly a million cheaper ?
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Mr Tidy

8,264 posts

68 months

Monday 7th January
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Well it definitely looks purposeful!

Surely I could get a discount - after all my Mum did buy a Nova from Jack Brabham Garages in Worcester Park in 1993. laugh

Paracetamol

4,031 posts

185 months

Tuesday 8th January
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What engine are they using?

kambites

56,510 posts

162 months

Tuesday 8th January
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redroadster said:
Daft price is it any quicker than a mcclaren 720 that's nearly a million cheaper ?
If (and it probably is a significant "if") the stats which have been bandied about turn out to be anything but vapourware, it will be very much faster - the claims are 200kg lighter and 50% more downforce than a Senna let alone a 720S.

Edited by kambites on Tuesday 8th January 07:54

rodericb

1,641 posts

67 months

Tuesday 8th January
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kambites said:
redroadster said:
Daft price is it any quicker than a mcclaren 720 that's nearly a million cheaper ?
If (and it probably is a significant "if") the stats which have been bandied about turn out to be anything but vapourware, it will be very much faster - the claims are 200kg lighter and 50% more downforce than a Senna let alone a 720S.

Edited by kambites on Tuesday 8th January 07:54
That sounds real swell and all but its true nemesis is twenty five Golf R's......


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kambites

56,510 posts

162 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Yes it's not going to lap 25 times faster than a Golf R so it's clearly a rip off! silly

cvega

335 posts

100 months

Tuesday 8th January
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kit cars are sure getting expensive....

cidered77

510 posts

138 months

Tuesday 8th January
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redroadster said:
Daft price is it any quicker than a mcclaren 720 that's nearly a million cheaper ?
Well, yes. A car built for track first without road car compromises, and less weight, more downforce... would be seconds up the road from a 720 per lap.

Plus am sure you could get an old imprezza with 400bhp for peanuts and only be 10 seconds or so off the McLaren, so it's not really about money with these things... presumably this project is financed, based on a business case, which assumes there are 70 people willing to pay this, and like most of these cars ... i bet they will sell them all as well. Good luck to them.

vz-r_dave

3,353 posts

159 months

Tuesday 8th January
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cvega said:
kit cars are sure getting expensive....
Agreed, look at the Senna, already examples catching on fire from the dodgy craftmanship.