The Brabham BT63 GT2 Concept is based on the BT62, but comes with new aero and revised performance tuningby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:20
Brabham Automotive has revealed the BT63 GT2 Concept that will compete in the 2022 European GT2 Championship. It is based on the BT62, but comes with a number of aerodynamic and performance tweaks. The automaker has priced the BT63 GT2 Concept at a shade under $500,000.
How Different Is It From The BT62?
The BT63 GT2 is based on the BT62, which means it is the same vehicle with changes made to it. Most of the changes pertain to aerodynamics and performance.
On the aero front, the BT63 GT2 Concept comes with a new splitter, diffuser, and a special wing. The BT62 generates 2,646 pounds of downforce, but we can expect more than that to be generated on the BT63 GT2 Concept.
The BT63 GT2 concept is powered by the same engine as the car it is based on. This is a 5.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine. In the BT62, it churns out 700 horsepower and 492 pound-feet of twist. Here it will make around 600 ponies. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a sequential gearbox, most likely a six-speed.
To meet the requirement of the series, the new concept is actually heavier than the BT62. It is expected to weigh between 2,756 and 2,866 pounds, which is significantly more than the BT62’s 2,143-pound weight.
How Much Does The Brabham BT63 GT2 Cost?
Brabham has priced the BT63 GT2 Concept at €400,000, which is approximately $473,000 as per the exchange rates at the time of writing this article.
What Is Brabham Racing?
In case you’ve not heard of Brabham, allow us to give you a glimpse of its rich history. Brabham was founded in 1960, and by 1962, its first F1 car was ready. The company went on to win championships in 1966 and 1967, and scored several season podiums until the ‘80s. In 1992, it went down due to financial issues, but made a return in 2014 to join the World Endurance Championship and F1. In 2018, the re-established Brabham, revived by Jack Brabham’s youngest son, David Brabham, came out with its first vehicle, the BT62 – a track-only supercar that featured a 700-horsepower V-8 engine.
Last year, the company rolled out a street-legal version of the BT62 suffixed with an ‘R’. The BT62R didn’t lose out on any oomph. It gained a few revised components that make it a better handler on the road. These include a redesigned front splitter, a rear diffuser, a single-plane wing, and a top-mounted air intake. It was offered in two trims – Signature and Celebration. Other changes included a plusher interior and creature comforts like a new climate control system, rear camera, Alcantara or leather-finished carbon fiber seats, digital control panel, etc.
Brabham worked on this concept with SRO Motorsports Group. The BT63 GT2 will make its debut at the Fanatec GT2 European series season at Circuit Paul Ricard between October 1 and 3, 2021. It is sort of a homecoming for Brabham because it’s the same track where the Brabham F1 team witnessed its final F1 victory back in 1985.
The company is yet to reveal all the details about the car, like the torque and performance figures, braking and suspension setup, etc. We should hear more about the BT63 GT2 within the next couple of months.
- Brabham BT62