The Brabham BT62 hypercar is heading to Le Mans

By topgear, 10 January 2019

Brabham is going to Le Mans. Mere days after confirming a road car homologation package for its BT62 hypercar, it’s confirmed that, at the other end of the scale, it’ll be battling for GTE victory with an endurance racing version.

It only takes a brief understanding of motorsport history to know this is special. Founder Jack Brabham and his sons Geoff and David have all competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the latter respectively winning outright in 1993 and 2009.

David is now the MD of Brabham Automotive, as well as its lead test driver. “Returning the Brabham name to Le Mans is something I have been working on for years,” he says. “That work starts now with a long-term racing commitment.

“We look forward to developing the BT62 and future products while building a world-class competitive race team around the leading engineering and manufacturing talent we have in the business.”

Brabham has targeted the 2021/22 World Endurance Championship for its return to Le Mans, so there’s a small wait. But the good news is, if you’ve bought a BT62 track car, that you can be part of the racecar’s testing programme and – potentially – an amateur racer in one. Which might go some way to helping justify its £1.2m price tag…