Brabham BT62R - Street-legal version
Brabham Automotive have just reveal the new, BT62 road variant, the Brabham BT62R.
The Brabham BT62R expands the BT62 family to three configurations, joining the Ultimate Track and Competition specification vehicles. This expanded range caters for collectors, gentleman racers and astute drivers alike, promising exclusivity, individuality and unrivalled performance.
Dan Marks, CEO of Brabham Automotive: “Launching the Brabham BT62R is a great achievement for the team at Brabham Automotive. All the requisite design and engineering to turn the track BT62 into the road going BT62R has been done in-house by our team of engineers, which is a great testimony to their endeavor and expertise.
All versions are available in either left or right-hand drive and are finished in either a Signature Series livery of the customer’s own design, or a Celebration Series livery honouring one of the 35 Formula 1 wins achieved by Brabham Formula 1 cars.
The Brabham BT62R features a number of important changes compared to its Ultimate Track and Competition counterparts. It retains the BT62’s pedigree as an incredible track car while adding the ability to drive legally on public roads with vehicle registration available in selected markets.
Key highlights include:
• Variable ride heights for driving on track and on public roads.
• New exhaust system for reduced cabin noise and compliant road noise.
• Air conditioning and heated windscreen
• Optional speaker system
• New front splitter and rear diffuser to accommodate road use and maintain track aero.
• New road seat design.
• Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport road tyres using a motorsport-derived, high-friction compound offering exceptional lateral grip and traction.
With 522kW (700hp) of power and 667 Nm of torque on tap, the Brabham BT62R features the highest-output, naturally aspirated V8 on the market, promising a visceral driving experience like no other. The engine is the same 5.4 litre, Brabham V8 engine as the Ultimate Track and Competition variants but with revised engine mapping for use on the road.
The BT62R’s exhaust system is revised to quiet the system for road use but with minimal back-pressure to maintain instant power and response.
Drive is through a 6-speed sequential transmission with revised gear ratios more suitable for road use. Steering wheel paddle operation is standard. The transmission provides instant, clutch-free changes on track, but also has a traditional clutch for smooth operation on public roads.
Special emphasis was placed on everyday drivability during the development of the Brabham BT62R. Access to the revised interior is via remote-operated door locking with the new Brabham key, available in the driver’s choice of liveries to match the vehicle exterior.
The seats are luxuriously finished in either leather and/or Alcantara with contrast stitching. The seats are a carbonfibre construction adhering to the car’s light-weight design ethos. The interior is fitted with heat and sound insulation with an Alcantara-trimmed roof, complete with bespoke internal storage compartments. A new climate cooling system is fitted to manage interior temperatures on warm summer drives.
The dashboard features a new digital control panel with an option to revert to the track oriented display when on circuit. The digital dashboard includes vision from a rear-facing camera (when required).
The Brabham BT62R is fitted with all required lighting, side mirrors and other utility features required to drive on the road.
The Brabham BT62 is famed for its incredible vehicle dynamics and the BT62R is no exception, with a chassis/suspension/aero setup that is tuned for the road but completely at home on the track.
The Brabham BT62R shares the same FIA compliant chassis as its track-oriented siblings, with a revised suspension system tuned for road use. The chassis is clothed in a carbonfibre body sculpted for efficient aerodynamics and outstanding good looks. The body features a revised front splitter, new top-mounted air intake, new rear diffuser and a re-designed and road compliant single-plane rear wing.
The Brabham BT62R maintains a superior downforce-to-weight ratio over comparable road vehicles thanks to its extreme light weight. The result is a car that maintains the incredible dynamics of a race car – acceleration, deceleration and lateral variation – and combines them with the manners and comfort of a road car.
The road tyres chosen – Goodyear’s new Eagle F1 SuperSport – offer world’s best levels of grip and stability. Aerodynamic changes made to the car complement the tyre’s grip envelope perfectly and carbon ceramic brakes offer the ultimate in road-friendly stopping power.
The inbuilt vehicle lift kit allows for easy clearance on public roads and steep driveways. The car can be set at 70mm, 90mm, 110mm or 130mm at the press of a button via the new digital control panel.