Brabham BT62 is a ‘Track-only’ Supercar Destroyer
With a superior power-to-weight ratio over the McLaren Senna, Australia’s latest hypercar looks poised to reset our perception of speed.
Hypercars, it seems, are a dime a dozen these days. Every manufacturer worth its salt spends countless hours developing something new and incredibly fast, only to one-up themselves in a year or two. But the Brabham BT62 isn’t just another addition to this increasingly crowded field. It all starts with the name. The company’s managing director, David Brabham, just so happens to be a Le Mans winner himself. And he’s the youngest son of Jack Brabham, the most successful Australian racer of all-time.
With those credentials, you might imagine that the Brabham BT62 would be a seriously fast car. And you’d be right. Power comes from a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 5.4-liter V8 producing 700 horsepower. That may not sound like much by today’s standards, but the BT62 weighs in at a feather light 2,143 pounds dry. Which gives this Aussie hypercar a better power-to-weight ratio than the McLaren Senna.
Toss in an unworldly 2,645 pounds of aerodynamic downforce, and you’ve got the makings of a serious track weapon. Which is exactly what the Brabham BT62 is designed for – because it isn’t road legal. Purchasing this track-only machine also nets you a stint in the company’s driver development program. And Brabham has even bigger goals, like entering the car in the the World Endurance Championship. And of course, Le Mans.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to eventually purchase a road legal version of the BT62, as the company does plan to offer one in the future. But for now, an initial run of 35 units will make this the only (current) Australian-built car. After that, a second run of 35 cars will follow. And don’t worry, Americans will have the option of purchasing one for the asking price of a little over $1.3 million.
Which is obviously a lot of coin for something you can’t (legally) drive on the street. But for those who absolutely must drive their BT62 on public roads, Brabham will “consider requests” to help make them legal. In the meantime, we’re just stoked to see what this exciting new hypercar can do on the track!