When the Brabham team departed Formula 1 with a whimper in 1992 you would be forgiven for thinking that was the last we would see of one of the most famous names in racing. And indeed there was nothing for the next quarter century and more. But David Brabham—son of the revered late marque co-founder Sir Jack Brabham—framed plans recently to revive the famous Brabham name in racing with the ultimate goal of competing at Le Mans in 2022, a race which David won in 2009.
And the effort has since progressed at pace. A new Brabham, a BT62 hypercar, was unveiled in 2018 and earlier this year it broke the lap record for a closed-cockpit car on the famous Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst in Australia. Due to demand, there’s a road-legal version of the BT62 as well.