Brabham is making its 700hp track-day hypercar road-legal

Brabham BT62Start-up supercar manufacturer Brabham Automotive is answering the dreams of lucky customers by launching a conversion pack that makes its BT62 track car road-legal.

Called the Road Compliance Conversion, it is not cheap – £150,000 on top of the £1 million price of the car – but will allow customers to occasionally use it on the road.

Apparently, some of them have requested the kit so they can drive the BT62 to and from a circuit.

Brabham BT62

All conversions for Europe will be carried out in the UK, and Brabham Automotive will handle the process for customers ahead of registration. A similar scheme is already underway in Australia.

However, customers don’t have to carry it out before delivery – they can, for example, complete the Brabham Driver Development Programme before converting their car.

The conversion process involves readying the Brabham BT62 for the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test. This makes sure the car passes all regulatory standards required for road use.

Brabham BT62

Changes include a front and rear axle lift kit to raise the ride height, a greater degree of steering lock range, plus fitting door locks and immobilisers (track cars, of course, don’t need either).

Brabham BT62

Brabham also installs air conditioning and fits higher-quality upholstery inside. The weight goes up slightly, but there’s no change to the 700hp power output, so performance should be similar.

“We designed the BT62 to be an unrestricted, thoroughbred track car and our extensive test programme has revealed it to be all of those things. This isn’t a car for the road,” explained company founder David Brabham.

“With that said, it’s clear some customers are keen to have a road-compliant option with their BT62, particularly to drive to and from the track.

“My father Jack was always customer-focused and we will continue with that ethos.”

Brabham added we can expect more surprise announcements regarding the BT62 at Autosport International 2019 later this week in Birmingham. Stay tuned…