Brabham Automotive is set to reveal its first project, called the BT62, on May 2.
The company’s history begins in 1948, when Jack Brabham’s racing debut happened at Paramatta Park Speedway in Australia. That season, Brabham won the New South Wales Championship and Australian Speedcar Championship. In 1964, Dan Gurney earned the Brabham team its first Formula 1 race victory in the French Grand Prix behind the wheel of the Brabham BT7. Over the next few decades, the Brabham name continued to claim wins and championships in various motorsports activities, with the most recent win coming in 2005 at the Sebring 12-Hour Race, where David Brabham claimed victory behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DBR9.
Now in 2018, Brabham is set to redefine its name with the introduction of the BT62. It’s not certain if it will be a race car or a road car (we’re leaning towards road car), but Brabham did say the BT62 “continues the lineage of the marque’s greatest and most memorable cars, from BT7, the first Brabham to win a Formula 1 race, to BT19, which made history in becoming the first car bearing its driver’s name to win a World Championship; the radical, ground-hugging BT46 ‘fan car,’ and BT52, the first turbocharged car to win a Formula 1 World Championship.”
As a teaser, the British automaker released a short video showcasing the BT62’s engine note. The company promises what it will unveil in May is far more than just a concept or styling exercise. The BT62 has already undergone a rigorous and extensive engineering program and will be nearing the end of an intensive testing process prior to its debut.
“I am thrilled to announce Brabham BT62 as the name of Brabham Automotive’s first project,” said managing director David Brabham. “With more than 700 racing cars produced since its inception in the 1960s, the Brabham marque boasts a remarkable heritage, so to see the first Brabham in 26 years wear the iconic BT designation will be a huge moment in our history.”