Following the announcement of a kit that will make the gorgeous BT62 street legal, Brabham Automotive confirmed their return to international sports car racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Australian manufacturer is committed to build a factory racing team and enter a multi-year motorsport program, while development of the racer is already under way. The target for Brabham is to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the GTE class of the World Endurance Championship season in 2021/22.
Brabham says that returning to Le Mans has been a long-standing desire of theirs, with the run and funded in-house and from commercial partners and sponsors. This new effort will be directly linked to the BT62 Driver Development Program, with early owners of the track car becoming part of the test team for Le Mans and getting the chance to race at top level Pro-Am events.
The BT62’s development for top level endurance racing has been underway for a number of months, led by the company’s managing director, lead test driver and winner of the 2009 Le Mans David Brabham.
“Returning the Brabham name to Le Mans is something I have been working on for years, so it’s fantastic to make this announcement today”, said David Brabham. “Brabham Automotive only launched its first car, the BT62, in May 2018, so we have a long road to travel to earn the right to return to compete at Le Mans.”
“We look forward to developing the BT62 and future products while building a world-class competitive race team around the leading engineering and manufacturing talent we have in the business”, he added.
More details on Brabham’s racing program, personnel, as well as the GTE race car that will eventually be homologated, will be released on a later date. The company says that their racer will be based on the BT62 chassis, which has already been designed and built to comply with modern FIA safety rules.