Brabham BT62 filmed testing: Update!


UPDATE: 19/06/18:
Brabham’s Australian testing programme has concluded with a series of laps at The Bend, a motorsport venue near Adelaide. The car will now head to Europe, and specifically to Portimao, to begin it’s calibration to the Northern Hemisphere’s circuits.

Of the testing so far, Brabham’s Director of Engineering and Technology, Paul Birch, said “Our testing in Australia has proven what the BT62 is capable of in terms of performance, pace and handling – and it’s seriously impressive. As the program advances into Europe, we’ll continue to balance and optimise the car’s set-up and configurations for different driving styles, tracks and conditions."

Nothing in the way of new detail then, other than what we can glean from the video of the test released by Brabham. Showing the car lapping in the wet, two things are apparent. One, that it looks fantastic, and two, that it sounds absolutely mega, that 710hp 5.4-litre V8 screaming up to well over 7,000rpm. Hopefully more will become apparent once it reaches European shores, and perhaps there’ll even be a chance for us to have a go ourselves…

 

(Dafydd Wood)



ORIGINAL STORY, AS REPORTED 25/05/2018:
"In a different league." That's how Brabham describes the BT62. The league it's differentiating itself from? Supercars and track-biased road cars; the fledgling manufacturer says it's better to think of it as an unrestricted GT racer.

If that sounds like wishful thinking, then Brabham Automotive's Director of Technology and Engineering, Paul Birch, made another claim to back it up: "To give you an idea of just how fast it is, we eclipsed the official outright lap record at Phillip Island during testing - a record formerly held by an open-wheeled car. We didn't go out to set a time, and it wasn't officially recorded, but it demonstrates the car's potential."


Now, anything a manufacturer says about lap times must be taken with a sceptical pinch of salt - and anything unverified by an official stopwatch, even more so - but assuming there's at least a kernel of truth in that statement (and given the lap record at Phillip Island is held by a 20-year-old Formula Holden car, there probably is), the BT62 would appear to be shaping up quite nicely.

Certainly, as we covered off a few weeks ago, it has the ingredients (there's a 710hp 5.4-litre V8 under that body; and reportedly over 1,200kg of downforce pinched from the airflow). It would also, from the evidence of the first video, seem to have quite the soundtrack, too. Which is nice.

What else have we learnt? Well, the first deposits have been taken, and production has begun at Brabham Automotive's advanced manufacturing facility in Adelaide. The company remains committed to delivering the first examples to customers later this year. We look forward to seeing the car on a European track. With a video data logger attached.

 

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  • 964Cup 25 May 2018

    I honestly don't understand what cars like this are for. They're not road legal, so it's not "race car for the road" stuff. They're immensely expensive, so it's not "race car performance at road car prices" either. Why wouldn't you just buy a GT2 or GT3-class race car? If I was in this market, I'd be asking Porsche if I could pretty please have a GT3R. For the price of a BT62, you could get a proper, well-developed and race-winning car, plus a spares package, plus the cost of a season's fully-supported racing.

  • sungsam 25 May 2018


    I would also do exactly as you describe!, however, there are extremely wealthy people out there, people who would never be able to race but would like the idea of driving this car under guidance on a race track, the type that may get a thrill from paying thousands of $ to be guided to drive a supercar at 200mph. Some of these may even pay millions to run a race team. I believe these are the target market.

  • GetCarter 25 May 2018

    964Cup said:
    I honestly don't understand what cars like this are for. .
    They are only making 70 (for track use only) will sell them all, and make their money back, and bring the name Brabham back into view.

    Can't see why they wouldn't.

    I assume they have other plans further down the line.

  • V10Ace 25 May 2018

    964Cup said:
    I honestly don't understand what cars like this are for. They're not road legal, so it's not "race car for the road" stuff. They're immensely expensive, so it's not "race car performance at road car prices" either. Why wouldn't you just buy a GT2 or GT3-class race car? If I was in this market, I'd be asking Porsche if I could pretty please have a GT3R. For the price of a BT62, you could get a proper, well-developed and race-winning car, plus a spares package, plus the cost of a season's fully-supported racing.
    Not for you to understand.... no point in obviously hurting your brain with all this stuff about new money fun... laugh


    Take it you dont like other people having fun in which ever way they choose, even if that doesn't fit into one of "your" box's"

    Do "You" really have to understand it, even if "you" are clearly not the target market ???
    rolleyes





    Edited by V10Ace on Friday 25th May 17:51

  • Amanitin 25 May 2018

    GetCarter said:
    They are only making 70 (for track use only) will sell them all, and make their money back, and bring the name Brabham back into view.
    the GP contemplated buying them, not selling.

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