Brabham BT62R: The Street-Legal Version of a Kick-Ass Track Car You’ve Never Heard Of
Tired of having to drive your Pagani or Koenigsegg to your private trackside garage every time you want to take a ride with your Brabham BT62 closed-circuit only hypercar? It seems the good folks at Brabham have been reading all those angry letters and frustrated tweets, and if you’ve got £ 1.25million (around $ 1.65million) on your couch cushions, the Australian company Supercar now offers a working version of the BT62 to go. this transparent schlep villa-to-track.
This new street legal weapon is called the BT62R, and while we just hinted that this is the first road-ready version of the BT62, that’s not exactly the full story. Despite the BT62’s singular focus on shredding world-class circuits such as Silverstone and Brands Hatch like wet tissue paper, a sizable portion of Brabham’s customers wanted to flex their 700 horsepower toys in public. Brabham nodded and offered a package of £ 150,000 (around $ 200,000) which legalized the BT62 for road use, but only in the UK.
Now the BT62R lets you skip all that and drive it straight from the factory gates. The original BT62 is literally designed to be one of the most focused and aggressive track cars money can buy, so it’s no surprise that the list of upgrades found on the BT62R extends far beyond- beyond a set of mounting brackets for license plates.
Occupants are pampered by bizarre appointments like air conditioning, upgraded seats, additional sound insulation, a heated windshield and quieter exhaust. To make this hyper-wedge usable from a distance for a trip to the grocers, the front splitter is less aggressive, the track-only slicks are now Goodyear Eagle F1s, and there is a very large axle lift system that allows to ease the pesky speed bumps.
Brabham didn’t play too much with the BT62’s naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V8, so it still produces the same 700 horsepower and 492 lb-ft of torque. And while the engine and six-speed sequential transmission are reconfigured and readjusted to be more suitable for on-road use, Brabham says that once you’ve got out of the pit lane and hit the road, the driving the BT62R should provide essentially the same experience. like the regular BT62. This is especially true if you opt for the Track Pack, which is a separate set of attachable splitters, fenders and aero effects that can turn your BT62R into an aero twin of the classic BT62.
The BT62R can be ordered at launch as a special edition, as no million dollar hypercar worth its carbon fiber gives access to additional exclusivity. This pack is called the Celebration Series and commemorates each of Brabham’s 35 individual Formula 1 victories throughout history, adding subtleties such as 18k gold badges and unique trim and interior trim to each car. On the outside, all Celebration series have a livery inspired by the winning Brabham F1 cars.
It sounds good? If you’re ready to dust off your checkbook, well, you should probably spell it out as ‘checkbook’ – the BT62R won’t be sold in the US here due to the fact that Brabham avoided the incredibly expensive process of federalization. Brabham is hinting that one of his future cars might make it to the United States, but in the meantime we recommend establishing a residence on an Australian ranch or an English mansion in order to experience the specific craziness of the BT62R. .
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