Australian automotive manufacturing is set to be revived with a Ferrari-rivalling supercar wearing the iconic Brabham name.
Car manufacturing is set to return to Australia with one of the most iconic names in motorsport.
“We will be releasing a new road vehicle … [and it is] our intention is for that vehicle to be built in Australia,” the company’s CEO, Dan Marks, revealed to CarAdvice.
“You’ll be seeing some of our new road-only variants very soon,” he added. “We want to race at Le Mans, and to do that we need a road car … We’re currently looking at both the Hypercar and GT categories.”
CarAdvice understands the upcoming model – slated for launch in 2021 or 2022 – will be completely different to the existing BT62 (or road-going BT62R conversion). Instead, it will be built from the ground-up.
Engine details and performance figures are being kept closely under wraps for now, however “significant” further announcements are reportedly “scheduled for later this year.”
The iconic Brabham name was resurrected in 2018 by David Brabham, son of three-time Formula One World Champion and team owner Jack Brabham.
That same year the company unveiled its BT62 mid-engine track car (shown below), with power derived from a Ford-sourced naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre V8.
While 70 examples of the race car were originally slated for production, Mr Marks declined to comment on the scale of current deliveries: “We don’t disclose the number of vehicles we sell or produce – with that said, we’re comfortable with where we stand from a sales perspective.”