March 25, 2019

Brabham BT62: 700bhp hypercar to gain road-legal option

08 January 2019, 04:30 | Hattie Nash

Brabham BT62: 700bhp hypercar to gain road-legal option

Brabham BT62: 700bhp hypercar to gain road-legal option

For all intents and purposes, the road legal BT62 will not be part of a separate production run, but rather the same track vehicle, only trimmed down a bit in terms of performance and specs as to avoid causing problems for its owner once out in the world. The BT62 was first aimed at customers with a trailer and the means to enjoy the supercar's potential outside of regular traffic.

If you had a BT62, would you tick this box, or leave it as a weapon for the track only?

Brabham BT62: 700bhp hypercar to gain road-legal option
Brabham BT62: 700bhp hypercar to gain road-legal option

"Given these cars are limited editions, tailored to the needs of each owner, we are keen to provide this flexibility to our customers where we can", Dan Marks, Brabham Automotive's commercial director, said in a prepared statement. Add fluids, an occupant, and some creature comforts, and the road auto may still come in around the mid to upper 2,000s, or similar to that of a fully-laden Mazda MX-5.

But the Australian-based firm says it will offer a Road Compliance Conversion option to buyers in the European market. "My father Jack was always customer focused and we will continue with that ethos".

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For that, Brabham tweaks the chassis with a front and rear axle lift system, increases the steering lock range, and it kits the interior out with more durable upholstery and standard air-con.

European buyers can have their vehicle converted in the United Kingdom at a cost of £150,000 (€167,000) which can take place before the auto is registered and delivered, though there will remain an option to convert a BT62 to road spec after it's already in use. All to make the track-day special a little more livable in the real world, and to make driving to the track perfectly legal.

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The naturally aspirated V8 in the BT62 will make 700 horsepower in both street-legal and not-street-legal versions, while the slight increase in weight is a minimal compromise for the ability to drive it on whichever road you'd like. First deliveries of the model are due this year, and cars fitted with the conversion option will arrive in the summer.

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