New supercar to be tested at South Australian motorsport park
Written on the 30 May 2018 by David Simmons
An all-new racing car will make its debut in Adelaide, Australia's car manufacturing capital, before its release to the market later this year.
The new Brabham racing car will be pushed to its limits in South Australia's newly opened Tailem Bend Motorsport Park ("The Bend").
The Brabham BT62 was launched in Australia on Tuesday night and unveiled in London on May 3, but keen motorsport enthusiasts caught a glimpse of the car at The Bend last week.
The 7.77-kilometre Tailem Bend track, located an hour's drive from the Adelaide CBD, has been named as the official Australian testing facility for the supercar.
The track, which is close to Brabham Automotive's Adelaide base, is the second longest permanent circuit in the world.
David Brabham, the leader of the team testing the BT62's performance, says The Bend was the ideal location to test the new supercar.
"The Bend is a world-class circuit and a testament to the passion and hard work of Dr Sam Sahin [the owner of The Bend] and his team," says Brabham.
"The track gives the car and the driver a great work out and we look forward to working with The Bend team as our testing programme continues."
Not only will the BT62 be tested in South Australia, but Brabham will be manufacturing cars at the group's facility in North Adelaide.
The $1.8 million track-only racer will be limited to just 70 cars being produced, in celebration of the 70 years since Sir Jack Brabham launched his racing career.
Director of Fusion Capital and Brabham Automotive's Commercial Director, Dan Marks, says the rich automotive history of Adelaide was a key reason behind choosing to base Brabham in SA.
"South Australia has a rich automotive heritage in Adelaide, in particular, and continues to be, a centre of excellence for engineering capability and capacity," says Marks.
The vehicle is adorned with a green and gold livery, a sweet tribute to Jack Brabham's history victory at the 1966 French Formula 1 Grand Prix at Reims the year he made history by becoming the first and only driver to win a World Championship in a car of his own construction.
The cars will be built at the ZF Lemforder facility in Edinburgh Parks in Adelaide's northern suburbs in the shadow of the former General Motors Holden automotive plant. The first cars are expected to be delivered in late 2018.
Business News Australia
Author: David Simmons