Brabham BT62R Debuts As Road-Legal, Everyday Race Car
The May reports of last year were correct. Brabham modified the BT62 race car to become legal “in some markets” and the car you see in the gallery below is the final product. According to the automaker, it is still (almost) as powerful as a racing car but can finally be driven on public roads.
Earning the R suffix to reflect the transformation into a vehicle that can be driven on a regular basis, the BT62R is equipped with a modified exhaust system that meets public use restrictions. There’s also an adjustable suspension and optional air conditioning plus a heated windshield. A set of new Eagle F1 SuperSport tires and a modified aero package complete the changes.
“The launch of the BT62R is a great achievement for the Brabham Automotive team,” said Dan Marks, CEO of Brabham Automotive. “All of the design and engineering needed to transform the BT62 track into a route to the BT62R was done in-house by our team of engineers, which is a great testament to their efforts and expertise. This is an important step for Brabham Automotive as we continue to launch our next car, which will be a fully homologated road car. We will be making more announcements on this exciting next chapter in the months to come.
The manufacturer promises “the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 on the market”. It is a 5.4-liter V8 developing a peak power of 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts) and a torque of 492 pound-feet (667 Newton-meters). Obviously, the powertrain received modified engine mapping for use on public roads. Power reaches the wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox with standard paddle shifters.
The finishing touches that make the BT62R a truly road-approved and road-friendly machine include the addition of side mirrors and all the lights necessary for public use. There is also a rear view camera which displays the image on the configurable digital control panel. There is no word on pricing and availability at this point.