Brabham BT62R brings F1 legend to the road
Brabham Automotive’s wild BT62 track and race car is now available in road trim. The BT62R joins the existing Ultimate Track and Competition in the Brabham stable and paves the way for a full production model in the future.
To make the car more practical for road use and comply with regulations, Brabham has made a few modifications. The BT62R has a variable ride height so it can negotiate speed bumps and potholes, then be slammed to the track for circuit use. It has a new, quieter, exhaust system that meets noise regulations and makes longer journeys more comfortable. Both driver and passenger will appreciate more plush Alcantara seats, air conditioning, and an optional audio system.
The aerodynamics have been fettled for the road with new front and rear diffusers, and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport tires are fitted. Buyers of Celebration Series versions will get a bespoke carbon interior, 18 carat gold badging and a Track Pack with a monster rear wing and circuit-ready diffusers. They will also be able to choose from 35 special liveries that celebrate Brabham’s 35 Grand Prix victories. All versions have lights, side mirrors, and a rear camera to meet road rules.
What hasn’t changed is the BT62’s mid-mounted, 5.4-liter, normally-aspirated V-8. It still packs 700 hp and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. There are paddle shifters but three pedals, although the clutch is only needed for pulling away and stopping. Having said that, passengers might appreciate more gentle clutch-assisted shifts on the road. Brakes are carbon ceramic discs, while the chassis is up to FIA specification and clothed in an unchanged carbon-fiber body.
At $1.6 million, the road-going BT62R is some $600,000 more expensive than the “entry-level” Competition edition and almost $300,000 more than the Ultimate Track car. However, if you want a normally-aspirated hypercar there’s not many options these days, except perhaps Gordon Murray’s $3 million T50.
Brabham says that the BT62R is just its first foray into road car construction and its next model will be fully homologated. Stay tuned.