Brabham supercar modified for the road
This is not the world’s most expensive set of number plates. But it isn’t far off.
Brabham Automotive has revealed plans to put its wild Australian-built BT62 supercar on the road. Originally intended as a trackway toy for weekend warriors, the BT62 will be offered in Europe with a “road compliance conversion" option for £150,000 ($268,000) in addition to the price of the car.
The manufacturer says the development is the result of customer demand, and that “A similar process is being undertaken in Australia”.
The cost of hanging rego plates on the sleek-looking machine extends well beyond a couple of screws and double-sided tape. Customers who choose the road option also benefit from a new front end with improved steering lock to tighten the car’s turning circle at low speed, a raised ride height with front and rear lift kits capable of negotiating driveways or speed humps, and other changes such as the addition of door locks and air conditioning.
The changes are likely to push the coupe's weight over the one-tonne barrier, though its 522kW V8 motor remains unchanged.
The tweaks are intended to lend a degree of civility to one of the most focused vehicles you can buy.
Even so, Le Mans-winning racer, Brabham Automotive managing director and son of Formula One legend Sir Jack Brabham, David Brabham, says the BT62 is not an everyday conveyance.
“We designed the BT62 to be an unrestricted, thoroughbred track car and our extensive test programme has revealed it to be all of those things,” he says.
“This isn’t a car designed for the road. 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-ready Brabham supercars will reach European customers in mid-2019, with Australian vehicles likely to arrive at a later date.
David McCowen is Drive’s news editor, combining automotive passion with more than a decade of reporting experience. Dave is often found at a racetrack – either in the press room, or driving his hot hatch.