The Adelaide designed and manufactured supercar Brabham BT62 will be steered through city streets when it features at the Superloop Adelaide 500 next month.
Driven by former Formula 1 driver and multiple Le Mans winner David Brabham, the $1.8 million speed machine will make on-track demonstrations and will also feature in public displays throughout the four-day event.
The Superloop Adelaide 500, from February 28 to March 3, is the largest ticketed domestic motorsport event in Australia and is the first event for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The Brabham BT62, built to deliver “blistering lap times”, is powered by a Brabham 5.4 litre V8 engine producing 522kW. It also features an aerodynamic package that delivers more than 1200kg of downforce.
Car manufacturing in South Australia was reborn in 2018 with the announcement that legendary automaker Brabham Automotive would build the BT62 in northern Adelaide.
The racetrack-only cars are manufactured in Brabham Automotive’s global headquarters at Edinburgh Parks, 1km from the former Holden plant. The BT62 is limited to only 70 cars in a nod to Brabham Automotive’s 70-year racing heritage.
UK-based David Brabham, son of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, will bring the BT62 to the annual motor racing event in Adelaide, a city once home of the Australian Grand Prix between 1885 and 1995. David competed in the then SA-based Grand Prix in 1990 and 1994.
His father, Sir Jack Brabham died in 2014 and is considered one of Australia’s greatest motor racing legends.
“To drive the BT62 around the Superloop Adelaide 500 street circuit will be a fitting tribute to my father as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of his first Formula 1 World Championship in 1959, and what Brabham Automotive stands for,” David says.
“Alongside our family ties to Australia, the region of SA holds a rich automotive heritage as well as hosting one of the most popular motorsport events in Australia.”
Superloop Adelaide 500 general manager Alistair MacDonald hopes the on-track demonstration will bring a touch of history and the thrill of adrenalin to attendees.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for motorsport fans and those alike to appreciate the power of these race cars as they take to the Superloop Adelaide 500 street circuit,” he says.
“We want to recognise the legacy of the Brabham family and there is nothing more fitting than to host the BT62, a great SA manufacturing story, at the premier motorsport event in its home town.”
The Superloop Adelaide 500 won’t be the first time the BT62 has hit the track in SA. It was tested at Tailem Bend’s The Bend Motorsport Park, a 7.7km track, the world’s second-longest permanent circuit.
The BT62 was also run at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival in December.
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