Insane Aussie race car to be made street-legal
THE legendary Brabham badge raced back into the spotlight last year with its new $1.8m supercar.
The BT62, built and developed in Adelaide, was initially limited to just 70 examples. It was designed purely as a track-only machine, making it illegal to drive it on public roads.
But now Brabham Automotive has added an option to make it street legal for European customers - the company is working on conversions for Australia and elsewhere.
Brabham is charging customers in Europe 150,000 pounds ($270,000) on top of the original cost - about the same price as a new Porsche 911 Carrera S - taking the total price to more than $2m.
Brabham Automotive commercial director Dan Marks says the conversion can be ordered at any time.
"Customers have the flexibility of completing the Brabham Driver Development Program before converting their BT62 or requesting that their BT62 be delivered as a road compliant version," says Marks.
"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."
On top of road compliance, Brabham Automotive can add such creature comforts as airconditioning, door locks and immobilisers and upgraded upholstery. Ride height can be raised too.
These bring a slight increase in weight but will have little effect on the 5.4-litre Brabham V8 that sends 522kW/667Nm to the rear wheels.
Company boss David Brabham says the option was added in response to customer feedback.
"We designed the BT62 to be an unrestricted, thoroughbred track car and our extensive test program has revealed it to be all of those things. This isn't a car designed for the road," says Brabham.
"With that said, it's clear some customers are keen to have a road compliant option with their BT62, particularly to drive to and from the track. My father Jack was always customer focused and we will continue with that ethos."
The first road legal version is expected to be delivered by mid-year.