Brabham Automotive has confirmed that it will provide the public with viewing access to itsBT62 project after its official unveiling on 2 May, which will take place at a yet-to-be-announced London venue.
Details for themodel, which the public will be able to view on 4-5 May,have been kept secret by the brand,but it’s expectedto be a track-focused hypercar with a high-performance V8 engine.
Footage (below) released last monthfeatures acar at full throttle blasting along a pit straight, offeringsome insight into what it will be like.
A screen grab of the moment the car passes the camera (above) appears to show a Le Mans-prototype-likesilhouette, while the engine – thought to be a V8 – revs hard like a racing car motor with a tone not too dissimilar to the eight-cylinder unit used in Formula 2.
Despite its clear extremeness, Autocar understands that the model, which is due to be revealedon 2 May following a rigorous and extensive engineering programme, will be road-legal.It’s described by its maker as a car that has been built to set blistering lap times, suggesting it could be asfocused as theMcLaren Senna.
Unquestionably fastbut about far more than outright speed, the Brabham BT62 is resolutely focused on uncompromising performance, handling and driver involvement, the company said.Born from a unique and historic racing pedigree, Brabham Automotive’s first car has been designed and engineered to demand more from the driver and reward the limited few who will rise to its challenge.
The BT62name resumes a discontinued lineage of racing cars produced by the original Brabham brand. Brabham has beensynonymous with motor racing since its founder,three-time championSir Jack Brabham, first took to the Formula 1 grid in 1955.
David Brabham, son of Sir Jack Brabham and aformer F1 driver andLe Manswinner himself, said: “The Brabham philosophy has always seen drivers extract every ounce of available performance from their carsand themselves. That same spirit lives strong within Brabham Automotive today, and its first project, the BT62, honours the legacy of the cars that have previously carried the iconic Brabham name.
David Brabham (below) launched his new car company in February,two years after thecompany namewas first registered with the UK’s Companies House. He has long expressed a desire to return hisfamily name to motorsport; last year hetold Autocar that he wanted“to see the name back on track”,suggesting the launch of the car companycould lead to a motorsport programme in the future.
As revealed by Autocar last year, aBrabhamracing re-entry that followed the launch of a car brand would mirror a strategy employed byMcLaren Automotive.
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A Brabham spokesman refrained from commenting on the idea of a return to racing, statingthat the car company has been “continually approached on various projects” and that it “will reveal more about the [automotive] project and its intentions shortly”.
The previous speculation linked the new Brabham Automotive brand with theForce India F1 Team, which, it was believed, could be taken over amidan ongoing legal case for its owner, Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya.However, the Force India teamis competing in this year’s season, quelling any possibility of a takeover this year.
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