Brabham Automotive reveals its road-legal racer, the BT62R

The Adelaide-made track car now ought to be as competent at going through the drive-thru as it is at going around a track.

It’s safe to say that when the Anglo-Australian Brabham Automotive burst onto the scene in 2018, it created a real stir with its bonkers BT62 track day car that saw car manufacturing return to Adelaide, South Australia – the former home of Holden in which Brabham is based.

Now, two years later and after previously offering a UK road-legal conversion for the regular BT62, Brabham has finally revealed a truly road-legal version of its hardcore racer.

Dubbed the BT62R, this new variant will sit alongside the Ultimate Track and Competition spec vehicles in the now-three-tiered range and shares much of its DNA with its track-bred companions, although with some tweaks to help you take it through a drive-thru as competently as it’ll go around a track.

Available in both left and right-hand drive, the BT62R will be available in two different configurations, bearing 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 over the years.

Helping to make it a far more usable car on the road, standard specifications include a new exhaust system that is noise compliant and also reduces in-cabin noise, air conditioning, a heated windscreen, a unique seat design with leather or Alcantara upholstery, new front splitter and rear diffuser designs, and a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres that utilise a motorsport-derived high-friction compound.

Additionally, a front axle lift system that can be adjusted to a range of preset heights – 70mm, 90mm, 110mm, and 130mm – is also fitted as standard, while an optional speaker system on the inside is also available.

Celebration Series models also feature 18 carat gold badging, a bespoke carbon fibre interior unique to each vehicle, and an exclusive Track Pack that provides a different rear wing, splitter, and diffuser for fitting when required for track events.

Behind the cabin you’ll find the same 5.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that the track-focused BT62 variants feature, but now featuring revised engine mapping for use on the road.

Producing 522kW (700bhp) and 667Nm, the power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission which now features different gear ratios that are more fitting for road use. While the transmission still allows for instantaneous clutch-free shifting on the track, it also has a traditional clutch for smoother gear changes on the road.

Built in Edinburgh Parks alongside its track-going siblings, any fellow Adelaidians will note that the press pictures have all been taken in the City of Churches, too – a sure sign that Brabham is proud to be keeping vehicle manufacturing in Adelaide alive.

The company’s first road-legal car – it has already confirmed that its next all-new model will be a fully-homologated road car – the first BT62R is set to be delivered to a customer within a matter of weeks, with Brabham confirming that multiple orders from customers in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres have been received and are in production.

This article originally appeared on drivesection.com on September 4, 2020.

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Comments (15)

    • 21 days ago
  • That does look tasty, good background too

      21 days ago
    • Definitely a very tasty-looking car indeed. The awesome (and very familiar to me) backdrops in these shots, and the fact the thing is built here, certainly make me proud to call Adelaide home as well.

        21 days ago
    • By background I meant it’s racing heritage. But the background is pretty decent too

        21 days ago
  • I’ve driven their car in AC and it’s very good can’t imagine itll be amazing on the road

      21 days ago
  • Papped at Hampton Court, it’s a damn fine looking machine in the flesh.

      20 days ago
  • If I only had the money...

      20 days ago
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