Brabham will send its 700-horsepower track monster to compete at Le Mans in 2021, but while the team is working towards that goal, a BT72 has already broken the lap record at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. And with a time of 1:58.69, the optionally road-legal BT72 was 0.61 seconds faster than 2018's record-setter, an Audi R8 GT3.
The mid-engine BT72 is built in Australia, and Brabham will only sell 72 of them, each powered by a heavily modified 5.4-liter V8, engine. The GT3-beating performance is thanks to a dry weight of 2142 lbs, nearly 2700 lbs. of downforce at speed, and 700 horsepower to get there.
Interestingly, during a roundtable chat at Bathhurst, Brabham Automotive Commercial Director that the BT62 could have gone significantly faster. "If you speak to Luke, he said if you give him enough time in the car—he's only had 12 laps—it would do a 1:56."
So, without much further ado, here's Luke Youlden setting a lap record with the BT72, after barely warming it up: