Aussie-made supercar to be put through its paces in South Australia
Brabham Automotive will use the new circuit at Tailem Bend, South Australia – simply dubbed ‘The Bend’ – as its local testing facility.
The 7.77km track, which was officially opened in April and lays claim to being the second-longest permanent circuit in the world, is just about 70 minutes south west of Adelaide, and will host a Supercars round later this year.
“The track gives the car and the driver a great work out and we look forward to working with The Bend team as our testing programme continues,” David Brabham, the man behind Brabham Automotive and son of legendary Formula 1 driver, Sir Jack Brabham, said at the BT62 supercars’s Australian launch earlier this week.
Sam Shahin, owner and managing director of the facility, said The Bend is “proud to partner with Brabham Automotive on its testing programme” locally.
The car itself was unveiled in London earlier this month, with power from a mid-mounted 5.4-litre V8 engine making 552kW and 667Nm. It’s all channeled to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission.
Thanks to its carbon-fibre body, the car weighs just 972kg, and its massive rear wing helps produce 1200kg of downforce at speed. If that’s not enough to get your attention, we can’t help you.
Given it’s aimed at the track, the BT62 will come with six-point race harnesses, a removable steering wheel, air jacks, six-piston carbon-on-carbon brakes and a 125-litre fuel tank with the right connections for quick refilling.
Even though it’s going to be built in South Australia, Brabham is only offering the BT62 as a right-hand drive car if you make a special order. Just 70 will be built, with each of the first 35 to be painted in keeping with the livery of the F1 car used in each of the grand prix team’s race wins.
Pricing will kick off at £1.0million ($1.8m) before any taxes or options, with deliveries to kick off later in 2018.
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