Brabham Automotive made history today when the BT62, set a new unofficial lap record around the iconic Mount Panorama circuit. It clocked a verified time of 1:58.670 seconds – beating the previous best of 1.59.29, which was set by an unrestricted GT car in testing last year.

The Australian high-performance manufacturer was due to run BT62 demonstration laps for the crowds in the build-up to the marquee Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours event. Despite minimal previous testing and track time on Thursday where it set a 1.59.36, and only four laps of running on Saturday, conditions were good enough to go for a flyer which became the successful record-breaking run. The lap record is classified as an unofficial lap due to the fact that despite being recorded, it was not in a competitive session.

With Bathurst specialist and BT62 test driver Luke Youlden behind the wheel, the BT62 shaved a remarkable 0.621 seconds off the official lap record.

Commenting on his unrivalled hot lap and experience in the Brabham BT62, test driver Luke Youlden said:

“I’ve driven a lot of GT cars round here, but the Brabham BT62 is on another level. It’s a racecar and it feels like a racecar. The car feels planted and gives you great feedback through the steering wheel which gives you the confidence to keep pushing. It’s light at only 972kg (dry weight) and it sounds amazing.  To be the lap record holder around such an iconic circuit is a dream come true and I’d like to thank all the guys at Brabham Automotive for creating a car that made it possible.”

David Brabham, Managing Director and Chief Test Driver for Brabham Automotive commented:

“Today’s lap record for the Brabham BT62 demonstrates the performance in the DNA of this car. Having been an integral part of the test team, I never doubted the car could do it and I want to congratulate Luke for taking it there. For us, this is all data-gathering, stress testing and general learning as we continue our journey back to Le Mans.”

Dan Marks, Commercial Director of Brabham Automotive, said:

“When we started this project we had many goals and one was to be the lap record holder at Mount Panorama – as an Australian car manufacturer we are extremely proud to have reclaimed the most iconic circuit in Australia. We’ve been saying since its launch last year that the BT62 is the ultimate unrestricted track car and today goes another step towards proving that, beating a lap record on a circuit that’s played host to some of the biggest names in the world of motorsport. The Brabham Automotive business will continue to take this super exclusive car to market globally, support our owners in their driving ambitions and experiences, and develop the BT62 to go GT racing.”

The achievement comes hot on heels of Brabham announcing its return to motorsport with a factory sports car programme aimed at returning to the WEC series and Le Mans.

Watch on board video of the lap record, which is available to download and is rights-free for editorial use, here: