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Brabham Automotive previews road-worthy BT62R ahead of its June arrival

Brabham Automotive is readying its factory for production of the BT62R.

Photo courtesy of Brabham Automotive

Brabham Automotive is currently Australia's only automaker and they're not making too many autos, yet. But, they're gearing up to. The company marked its two-year anniversary this week by looking forward at its near-ready BT62R model.

Brabham has recently completed its brand new workspace, which houses its engineering, design, manufacturing, and assembly teams. The 2,500-square-meter facility is part of a larger plant space that also houses Precision Buses and Fusion Composites in an industrial area in Edinburgh, a suburb of Adelaide.

The location of Fusion Composites is key to Barbham's success. They are the supplier of Barbham's carbon fiber components as well as having a foot in the aerospace, mass-transit, and goods manufacturing fields, among others.

Brabham Automotive BT62RThe Brabham Automotive BT62R will be able to fully function as a daily driver, if that is what its owner wants it to do.Photo courtesy of Brabham Automotive

Precision Buses, Fusion Composites, and Brabham Automotive all share common ownership.

"What we have created here is a production facility that suits our current requirements as a niche manufacturer but is also easily scalable as our business grows," said Dan Marks, CEO of Brabham Automotive, and Director and partner in Fusion Capital. "There is plenty of space for us to scale-up both Brabham Automotive and Fusion Composites as activity in both businesses increases."

In the Barbham facility are numerous bays that are specialized depending on the task at hand. There's a finishing bay for final inspection, a dedicated carbon composite workshop, engineering offices with 3D printing facilities, meeting rooms, and a customer engagement area. This is the way may specialty automakers are set up.

Brabham is also growing its team of experts. The staff now consists of members with experience at a variety of auto manufacturers including McLaren, Aston Martin, Ferrari, General Motors, Jaguar, Koenigsegg, Lotus, Mercedes AMG, Tesla, Volvo, and V8 Supercars as well as the Virgin Formula E racing team.

Brabham Automotive hopes to enter its BT62 at the 24 Horus of Le Mans in 2022 or 2023.Photo courtesy of Brabham Automotive

The Ultimate Track spec of the BT62 launched in 2018. It features a 5.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 paired with a six-speed racing transmission. It achieves 700 horsepower and has 1600 kg of downforce. The car's body weighs just 972 kg (dry) and has a higher power-to-weight ratio than similar models from McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche.

Brabham calls it, "the most dynamic car in the world."

From there, Brabham created the BT62 Competition, a stripped back version of the racing car, aimed at enthusiast drivers as well as professionals. It is this model that leads the Brabham Motorsport program, which is aiming to compete at Le Mans in 2022 or 2023, dependent on the finalization of new hypercar regulations.

The BT62R is the next stop on the journey. It will be fully road-compliant when it launches in June as the third variant from the BT62 chassis. It will feature the same V8 as the other two models but have components that make it more palatable as a daily driver including a front and rear axle lift kit, different aerodynamics, and increased levels of luxury and comfort (likely softer seats and a more polished cabin appearance).

Pricing has not yet been announced for the BT62R.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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