Brabham BT62 Sets Bathurst Record!
While undergoing demo runs with the BT62, Brabham set the lap record at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama circuit. This, to the surprise of many, did not take much time. After roughly 20 minutes of testing, the record was set. At only 1:58.65, this beat the previous record set by Audi factory driver Christopher Mies of 1:59.36. But, unfortunately, this doesn’t count towards seasonal racing records. Although, it does count the BT62 as Australia’s fastest car at Bathurst. Brabham Automotive is based in the United Kingdom but founded by Australians. So, the new BT62 is actually built in Australia. Hopefully that clears up any confusion or misconceptions.
The BT62’s Specifications
The Brabham BT62 doesn’t set records for just any reason. The car is a feat of engineering from head to toe. The car sports a 5.4-liter V8 with 700 horsepower and 492 lb.-ft. of torque. This works in combo with a race-spec transmission. Furthermore, the design of the body and aerodynamics allows for over 2,645.5 lbs. in downforce. To slow it down, carbon on carbon brakes do the trick. Unfortunately, for those seeking to buy it, the price is over $1,000,000 USD and has a limit of 70 cars.
Discussion with Sam Brabham
After accomplishing the task, Sam Brabham was quite surprised by the event. The Brabham BT62 is quite an amazing vehicle. Setting a record at Bathurst isn’t an easy task. After taking it in, Sam spoke about the record:
”We were always just coming to Bathurst to do demo runs. But after our run on Thursday, we realized just how close we were, so for today [Saturday] we just went for it. We weren’t really looking for it, but it was really special to break the record.” – Sam Brabham, Son of Team Owner David Brabham
Although this was not an intention, it made for quite a spectacular day. Furthermore, Sam said:
”The reception by the fans has really been awesome. It is now the only car manufacturer here in Australia, down in South Australia, and that is something that fans love. Brabham is a great Australian brand, got great history, passion and people here.” – Sam Brabham, Son of Team Owner David Brabham
At this rate, this company may become the Australian Aston Martin. Only time will tell!
Brabham Seeking Entry in Le Mans
After the great success with the Brabham BT62 at Bathurst, the company seeks entry into Le Mans. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a race of the crème of the crop, and this record shows that Brabham may be ready. But, only the true spirit of competition will tell the story. With so many great companies, such as Audi and Porsche, competition will be fierce. A warning to Brabham may be that most of these companies will have their eyes on this. It’ll become their goal to maintain their status and prevent a new company from reigning Le Mans. Regardless, best of luck to Brabham on entry into the 2021/2022 24 Hours of Le Mans!