David Brabham intends to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours and wants to win it in a car he has created.
While recently taking a tour of the track-only BT62 produced by the company, Brabham suggested that it, or a future variant, could tackle Le Mans in the not too distant future.
David’s father, Jack Brabham, famously won the Formula One World Championship on three occasions and, in 1966, did so in a car bearing his name that he had developed. After recently reviving the Brabham name, his son wants to take on Le Mans and do the same.
The younger Brabham has a number of class victories at the world’s most grueling endurance race and an overall win secured with Peugeot back in 2009.
Limited to just 70 units worldwide, the Brabham BT62 is a track-only weapon that weighs less than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) and has all the ingredients of an true race car.
While it remains to be seen if it will race competitively, recent regulation changes announced by the FIA will see the current LMP1 series replaced by one where road-going hypercars will compete.
It’s therefore possible that the BT62, or a subsequent version, could race for an outright Le Mans victory alongside the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, McLaren Senna, Mercedes-AMG Project One and Toyota’s GR Super Sport.
The press has yet to get its hands on the BT62, but the spec sheet makes for very good reading. Beyond its minimal weight, the car uses a naturally-aspirated 5.4-liter V8 delivering 700 HP and 492 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed sequential racing transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
What’s more, the aero package on the BT62 has been designed with optimal downforce and cooling in mind – but you’d better watch the following video, courtesy of Carfection, in which David Brabham himself shows us around the engineering that went into the creation of his track weapon.