Brabham BT62 Looks Bonkers Attacking The Portimao Circuit

The Brabham BT62 is the first track-only supercar of its kind from Australia, and since its launch earlier this year, has been doing the rounds at various press events and tested to its limits.

A few months ago, the car manufacturer took a stunning prototype to Portugal’s famous Portimao circuit for some high-speed testing.

Filmed in “full attack mode” at the circuit, it’s immediately obvious that the BT62 is a serious bit of kit. It may come from a relatively new company, but it laps the circuit with poise and looks right at home being driven to the edge of its abilities.

Brabham may be new to the competitive market of track-only supercars, however the BT62 appears to be a valiant first attempt.

For starters, it is powered by a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 5.4-liter V8 delivering 700 hp and 492 lb-ft (666 Nm) of torque mated to a motorsport-inspired six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters.

It’s not just the powertrain that makes the BT62 an appealing package. Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber in its construction, the car weighs just 972 kg (2142) lbs). What’s more, it is outfitted with a plethora of aerodynamic components that combine to produce more than 1200 kg (2645 lbs) of downforce – so, in theory, the BT62 could drive upside down in a tunnel.

Brabham only intends on building 70 units of the BT62. Prices for the vehicle vary depending on the market and the options which customers select. The first example to find a home in North America, for example, sold for $1.3 million.

 

  • Astonman

    She’s a beauty.

  • How come only the Chinese get dissed when they blatantly comp others. This is clearly a Ferrari in Aussie drag.

    • Six_Tymes

      I don’t see Ferrari at all. the only detail I might agree on are the head lights, they look slightly 488 ish, but that’s about it.

    • Big Black Duck

      its a white thang!

    • benT

      Brabham and his family are quintessentially Australian.
      Jack Brabham was the designer driver mechanic of the world championship winning Brabham F1 Race Team.
      The car “carries the Brabham racing DNA…”.

      Jack Brabham’s design put the motor behind the driver in a first for formula racing in the day and stuck there and also went over to Indianapolis and did the same thing there.

      Probably more influential than a Feazz and probably has AT LEAST equal right to do whatever and claim originality of design.

      “Staying true to Brabham’s proud Anglo-Australian roots, the company has its US, European and Middle Eastern office in the UK, whilst its Australasian and Asian office is based in Adelaide, South Australia, where the BT62 is also manufactured.”
      By comparison a Ferrari is a Wombat in disguise !!

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      I’m looking forward to Ferrari actually pulling their finger out and creating something new that would be a worthy rival. Currently only the McLaren Senna GTR, Aston Marin Vulcan AMR Pro and Mercedes-AMG Project One are direct competitors.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Copying isn’t admired by anyone, but the Chinese have a long history of it. I for one am tired of seeing Chinese copies of items that cover almost all spectrums and wish they would move forward and start utilising all the knowledge and money they have stripped from the rest of the world. So far, the money and tech has been on a one way path into China, with very little return.

  • Six_Tymes

    Love this racing car.

  • Bash

    It irritates me when i see a relatively long clip of a car with no interior view but at all!

  • Some ol’ bloke

    All hail the gailardo488senna

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Beautiful! Nice to see Brabham back in the spotlight.

  • GPFan

    972kg, even if that’s a dry weight, it’s still rather amazing. About time

  • SteersUright

    Sounds like Beethoven to any gear-head. I wish they made sports cars with DCT’s capable of shifting that fast and engines that rev that quickly. Even a tiny 10k rpm 3 cylinder would be way more awesome than a lazy turbo anything, at least for a light sports car like a Miata, BRZ, etc. And I don’t think even Porsche’s PDK can’t shift that quickly. Anyhow, just daydreaming aloud.

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