Brabham’s new track-only monster, the BT62 came out of nowhere, but it’s here to stay, with a 700 horsepower naturally-aspirated V8, as well as a wing that gives it 2645 lbs. of downforce to help Michelin’s slicks stay on course.
And since a total of 70 BT62s will be build in Australia, Brabham took the car to Phillip Island for a bit of leg stretching.
While there are number of million dollar+ track toys on the market today, having a naturally aspirated V8 onboard is a huge selling point, especially since Brabham’s mysterious, self-branded 5.4 liter engine happens to pair 492 ft.-lb. of torque with its 700 horses. And all this in a car weighing just 2142 lbs. dry.
This means that Brabham is entering a very busy scene with its new BT62, but the team with 35 Formula 1 Grands Prix wins and four World Championships in its bag made sure not to come empty-handed.
The Brabham BT62 is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive track special with a rear-mounted race-spec transmission. With a dry weight of 2142 lbs. (972 kg), it has a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per ton. That’s because Brabham’s mysterious 5.4 liter V8 produces 700 horsepower, as well as 492 ft/lb (667 Nm) of torque.
No word on the suspension yet, but the car sports an aggressive fixed aero package made of carbon fiber that produces more than 2645 lbs. of downforce once you really get going. Brakes are “carbon/carbon featuring 6 piston calipers front and rear.” The tires are slicks from Michelin.
No wonder why they didn’t need to speed up the footage. For roughly $1.5 million, this one comes with Super Pursuit Mode as standard. And some dramatic music, unfortunately.