RE: Brabham BT62 road car to cost ?1.15 million

RE: Brabham BT62 road car to cost ?1.15 million

Wednesday 30th October

Brabham adds 'Competition' car to BT62 range

Stripped-out "ready to race" special joins track and road variants



Brabham's track-only BT62 recalibrated our sense of speed when we took the wheel back in June, but despite the car we drove being dubbed the 'Ultimate Track' variant, it seems the fledgling manufacturer has still found room for improvement.

And for good reason, too. With its sights still set firmly on the Le Mans 24 hours, Brabham is gearing up for its first competitive endurance outing since its revival in 2018. A Pro-Am team comprised of founder David Brabham, son of Sir Jack, and Will Powell will take part in Britcar's 'Into The Night' race at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on November 9-10th. The machine they'll be using for the job is this, the newly-announced BT62 'Competition', which joins the Ultimate Track and Road Compliance specifications in the Brabham line-up.

It features the same FIA-compliant carbon-chromoly safety cell and integrated roll cage as the other cars, as well as their carbon-on-carbon brakes, centre-locking wheels, pneumatic jacking system and multi-function steering wheel. Power, too, comes from the same 5.4-litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 700hp through a 6-speed sequential gearbox, while the advanced aerodynamics provide an identical 1,200kg of downforce.


Rather than adding more power, new tech or greater efficiency, then, the Competition follows the less-is-more furrow so often ploughed by machines at the more serious end of the spectrum. "Stripped back and ready for racing," it is said to be lighter than the Ultimate Track variant thanks to the deletion of the passenger seat, removal of all superfluous interior trim and the use of a bespoke wrap rather than exterior paint. It also comes without the Initial Spares Pack that comes standard with the less-focussed car, although both that and the second seat can be optioned back in. Small changes, admittedly, but when every hundredth of a second counts no stone can be left unturned.

Available for Β£750,000 plus tax, any Competition-spec cars built are to be included in the limited production run of 70 vehicles and will be upgradeable to either Ultimate Track Car or Road Compliant specifications at any time. First deliveries are scheduled for early 2020, just in time for buyers to get up to speed before the racing season begins. Depending on the team's showing at Brands next month, that could be a very enticing prospect indeed.


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09/07/2019
David Brabham has confirmed that production of his eponymous BT62 has begun. In an interview at last weekend’s Goodwood FoS, the founder and owner of Brabham Automotive told Car Sales, β€œWe’ve got builds happening now, we’ll have three cars… Yes, we’ve had some delays, but that has mostly been down to suppliers, and some of the effects of Brexit. But that is mostly behind us and now we’re investing in the factory.”

With the company’s Adelaide production facility only now turning out both track-only and road-legal examples the million-pound machine, customers who were expecting their cars to arrive this summer will have to wait until the beginning of next year to take delivery. Still, given the experience so far, it sounds like it’ll be worthΒ the wait.



ORIGINAL STORY, AS REPORTED 07/01/2019:
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 Β£150,000, on top of the car's Β£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 Β£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...


Author
Discussion

Fishy Dave

Original Poster:

580 posts

193 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

3,558 posts

172 months

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

wab172uk

1,476 posts

175 months

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

TommyBuoy

1,139 posts

115 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

1,028 posts

180 months

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

Mr Tidy

9,751 posts

75 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

4,061 posts

192 months

Tuesday 8th January
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What engine are they using?

kambites

57,561 posts

169 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

1,800 posts

74 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......


hehe

kambites

57,561 posts

169 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

348 posts

107 months

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

cidered77

625 posts

145 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

3,384 posts

166 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.

GingerPixel

82 posts

94 months

Tuesday 9th July
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It's a truly purposeful looking thing to be sure. I do suspect it's priced for status rather than anything else though.

markclow

91 posts

79 months

Tuesday 9th July
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vz-r_dave said:
Agreed, look at the Senna, already examples catching on fire from the dodgy craftmanship.
Let me guess. Owner of rival manufactured car with an agenda?

Jasandjules

63,380 posts

177 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Tasty looking machine but with that price tag, the alternatives appear better (IMHO)

DooM_II

94 posts

80 months

Tuesday 9th July
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My favorite (new) supercar right now. Looks good, sounds good, handles and a bit of exotic motorsport heritage.

lotuslover69

147 posts

91 months

Wednesday 10th July
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Can it be considered a hyper car if it is track only? surely it is just a race car.

mat205125

15,716 posts

161 months

Wednesday 10th July
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Does the world need yet another £1m+ car?

If this were a Noble / TVR / Ginetta type project, where the target price was sub-£150k, and the technology was more "realistic" and obtainable, the performance could still be nothing short of staggering.

Appreciate that the three above names are renowned for their financial longevity or success, however still think that this would be a better target price, especially if there were a chance to homologate a GT3 race version.

For the £1M+ price, it lacks the jewel like engineering of a Huyara, Koenigzeifisgegeg, or Veyron, and no amount of LMP1 tech will hide that. Brand strength can't put it alongside an FXX or Vulcan either.

Sandpit Steve

341 posts

22 months

Wednesday 10th July
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lotuslover69 said:
Can it be considered a hyper car if it is track only? surely it is just a race car.
Presumably they’re intending it to compete in the new LM Hypercar class?

Personally, if I had a spare million, I’d buy 20 last-season F3 cars and invite a few friends around for a race.

Edit: they’re doing road-legal versions too. Not that you’d be able to use a fraction of the available performance on the street.

Edited by Sandpit Steve on Wednesday 10th July 09:19