Brabham introduces the 5.4-liter V8 BT62

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Building on a 70-year racing pedigree, David Brabham has announced Brabham’s return to manufacturing with the launch of the 5.4-liter V8 BT62.

Named after founders Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac, the new BT62 has been designed for the track. Boasting a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per ton, a dry weight of just 972kg and powered by the company’s own naturally-aspirated 5.4-liter capacity V8 engine, the BT62 has been designed from the ground up.

Speaking at the unveiling in London, UK, managing director, David Brabham said, “The team we have in place, and the vision it shares, provides a solid platform for Brabham Automotive to execute its long-term business strategy. Our first step to deliver on that strategy is the Brabham BT62, a car truly worthy of carrying the iconic Brabham name.”

Working to the same brief as each of the BT-designated vehicles that came before it, David Brabham has led the team to design and develop a car to deliver blistering on-track performance.

“Using contemporary materials, processes and technologies, and following a rigorous two-year engineering and development program, the resulting BT62 is a car that demands total engagement and commitment from its driver, delivering immense reward and satisfaction,” said Brabham Automotive’s director of technology and engineering, Paul Birch.

The Brabham BT62 is a mid-engined track car, with its power driven to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted race-spec transmission. With a dry weight of just 972kg, the vehicle is light, meaning a power to weight ratio of 730ps per ton.

Power comes from a Brabham 5.4 liter V8 engine which produces 710ps and 667Nm of torque. With its aerodynamic package, the Brabham BT62 delivers over 1200kg of downforce. To save additional weight, the brakes are carbon and feature six-piston calipers front and rear.

The BT62 will use Michelin racing slick tires, marking the start of the brand’s strategic partnership with Michelin as official tire supplier and technical partner.

With a base price of £1m (US$1.4m) plus local taxes, and before options, production of the BT62 will be limited to just 70 cars.

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