Brabham Is Going to Le Mans in 2021

The new BT62 will enter the GTE class at the endurance race in 2021 along with the entire WEC season.

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Brabham will take its new BT62 to Le Mans in 2021 as part of a multi-year GTE program that will see the supercar take part in the legendary 24-hour event and the full 2021-2022 FIA WEC calendar.

The renowned Formula 1, Indy car, and sports car constructor found considerable success from the 1960s-1980s, and with its recent relaunch by the Australian family as Brabham Automotive, the racing version of its BT62 will usher in a new era of competition through the World Endurance Championship.

“Returning the Brabham name to Le Mans is something I have been working on for years, so it’s fantastic to make this announcement today,” said two-time overall Le Mans winner David Brabham, son of three-time F1 champ and company founder Jack Brabham.

“Brabham Automotive only launched its first car, the BT62, in May 2018 so we have a long road to travel to earn the right to return to compete at Le Mans. 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.”

Current manufacturers involved in the GTE class include Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche; with the addition of Brabham, the factory-supported category will have its smallest entity. Only 70 BT62s are scheduled for production.

“Brabham Automotive is a racing brand so since inception we’ve always had competitive motorsport in mind,” said Dan Marks, Brabham’s commercial director. “Our plan to go on the Journey Back to Le Mans is a statement of intent that Brabham Automotive is back and here to stay. In the BT62, we have already built an outstanding, unrestricted track car now with a road legal option. We will develop this car to make its mark in motor racing, along with new vehicles. Today is great news for us and will help put the Australian car industry back on the world stage.”

Pitted against a number of automotive giants, Brabham’s plans to increase the manufacturer count in GTE was welcomed by ACO president Pierre Fillon, who oversees the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“At Le Mans, the legendary Brabham name instantly conjures up memories of an outstanding family success story,” said the Frenchman. “It all began in July 1967 at the only French Grand Prix to be held at the Bugatti Circuit, when three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham took the honors in a car sporting the Brabham name. Sir Jack’s sons, Geoff and David, perpetuated the family tradition by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1993 and 2009 respectively, both with Peugeot. For the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the return of the Brabham name to endurance racing is therefore much more than symbolic. It demonstrates remarkable loyalty and an extraordinary competitive spirit.”

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