Brabham Automotive plans on entering the GTE class in 2020/21 with its BT62
Brabham Automotive has been in the headlines of late as it prepares to roll out the racing – soon to be road-going – BT62. But this is the news we’ve all really been expecting: Brabham’s return to endurance racing, and specifically Le Mans.
Testing of the new racer has already begun, with the intention of entering the 2020/2021 season with a GTE-class competitor. The car will be backed by a full factory racing team with direct links to Brabham’s Driver Development programme, allowing customer race teams to benefit from the Le Mans racer’s development. Brabham, of course, has history in factory racing, proudly being the one and only team to win a Formula One race with its team boss, Sir Jack Brabham, at the wheel.
This news comes just after Brabham Automotive’s announcement of plans to offer a road-going compliance package for the BT62, so it can be driven on the public highway. It follows calls from customers wanting to drive their $1.8million Brabham to and from the circuit.
Principle tech changes over the race car focus on tweaks to the ride height and steering rack, with the former raised and latter slowed a little to give drivers an easier time on the road. Brabham will also fit air-conditioning (essential in Middle Eastern, Asian, and Australian markets), door locks and an immobiliser.
Brabham has added further leather trim inside, but that’s unlikely to disguise the fact that the cockpit is extremely track-focused. The race-derived V8 engine and gearbox are unchanged, however, while the weight gain over the track-only model is marginal.