The recently launched Brabham Automotive is believed to be developing a high-performance supercar as part of a newly announced project called BT62.
Brabham insists that its auto is more than a vanity exercise – the manufacturer says that its new BT62 has already been through an extensive engineering programme and is close to the end of an intensive testing process shortly before its global reveal, which takes place on Wednesday 2 May.
The sound you can hear in the clip below is that of BT62’s engine on idle during dynamic testing.
The auto will go by the name BT62, continuing a tradition that began in 1961 when Brabham co-founders Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac designed and built the BT1 race vehicle for the Formula Junior series.
The engine will, says Brabham, continue the tradition of the first of its cars to win Formula 1, the BT7, or the BT19, the first vehicle bearing its driver’s name to win a World Championship.
A legendary name is preparing to return to the automotive sphere with the launch of Brabham Automotive.
The latest carmaker on the block cites some of the racing team’s greats, from the BT7, which was the first Brabham to win a Formula 1 race, to the BT19 vehicle, which made motorsport history as the first F1 auto that won a world championship bearing its driver’s name.
A Brabham spokesman refrained from commenting on the idea of a return to racing, stating that the vehicle company has been “continually approached on various projects” and that it “will reveal more about the [automotive] project and its intentions shortly”. But the Force India team revealed its 2018 F1 challenger earlier this month, quelling any links to a takeover.