Announcement of new British model could signal motorsport interests for the future

The recently launched Brabham Automotive is believed to be developing a high-performance supercar as part of a newly announced project called BT62.

The company has confirmed that its new car will be shown in May following a "rigorous and extensive engineering programme", which is now said to be reaching its completion.

Although no details about the model have been released, the BT62 is expected to come in the form of a high-powered performance model because its name links it to a discontinued lineage of racing cars produced by the original Brabham brand.

It suggests that the model, the exhaust note of which can be heard in the clip below, will be extremely hardcore and potentially track-focused. This would tie in with the Brabham name's history, because it has been synonymous with Formula 1 since three-time champion Sir Jack Brabham first took to the grid in 1955.

Brabham Automotive was launched by Sir Brabham's son, David Brabham, who is a former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans winner himself, last month - two years after the company name was first registered with the UK's Companies House.

Brabham told Autocar last year that he wanted “to see the name back on track”, suggesting the launch of the car company could lead to a motorsport programme in the future.

As revealed by Autocar last year, a Brabham racing re-entry that followed the launch of a car brand would mirror a strategy employed by McLaren Automotive.

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A Brabham spokesman refrained from commenting on the idea of a return to racing, stating that the car company has been “continually approached on various projects” and that it “will reveal more about the [automotive] project and its intentions shortly”.

Previous speculation linked the new Brabham Automotive brand with the Force India F1 Team, which, it was believed, could be taken over amid an ongoing legal case for its owner, Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya. But the Force India team revealed its 2018 F1 challenger earlier this month, quelling any links to a takeover.

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19 February 2018

I would like to see a Brabham instead of Force India any day.. The name India in motorsport is a false narrative as the entire country as a whole has never produced any motor racing driver of note.. Their foray into hosting F1 was an abject failure and so it is only fitting F1 is represented with teams that are worthy...


P.S.. My opinion... 

20 February 2018

What a load of crap. Have you not heard of Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan before? 

20 February 2018

Your joking, surely? Karthikeyan was rubbish!

20 February 2018

wow, So people don't like names now. India have produced drivers as mentioned in the above comment plus Chandok who later did shows with fifth gear. Yes they weren't winning podiums but getting a place on the grid it self is an acheivment I think. We all know how F1 is not the fairest of sports in the world. I remember betting £5 on Karthikeyan to win, wishing he would do a Leicester.

Regradless this shows the stereotypes we see here. I'm sure it would have been the same if it was changing from Force Poland, Japan or anything middle East . no offence. 

If you don't look back at your car after you parked it, you own the wrong car.

12 March 2018

 Well, why not, might sell a few.....

Peter Cavellini.

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