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New Brabham track weapon.

From Down Under. Hope some will show up here:

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Discussed on "P15 - Senna" thread last week, starting with post #1931:
https://www.mclarenlife.com/forums/mc...senna-129.html

I hope you're right, but I think they will struggle to sell these cars. Track-only, no distribution network, no obvious support system, and the brand name recognition is with the wrong demographic - old guys like me who followed F1 fifty years ago, not a later generation who grew up admiring Senna or Schumacher and today might be eager to go mad on track days . The car looks nice but fairly generic - not stunning.
If it can offer a USP, such as being meaningfully faster than the P15 GTR, then maybe there will be a market for it. But at something like $1.4m US, there are a lot of other things that one could do with the money, and it is not obvious why 70 people would spend it on this.
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Discussed on "P15 - Senna" thread last week, starting with post #1931:
https://www.mclarenlife.com/forums/mc...senna-129.html

I hope you're right, but I think they will struggle to sell these cars. Track-only, no distribution network, no obvious support system, and the brand name recognition is with the wrong demographic - old guys like me who followed F1 fifty years ago, not a later generation who grew up admiring Senna or Schumacher and today might be eager to go mad on track days . The car looks nice but fairly generic - not stunning.
If it can offer a USP, such as being meaningfully faster than the P15 GTR, then maybe there will be a market for it. But at something like $1.4m US, there are a lot of other things that one could do with the money, and it is not obvious why 70 people would spend it on this.
Missed that thread. I agree that the marque is most familiar to those of us who remember Jack Brabham and his involvement with F1 and McLaren Can Am. I'm pleased enough to see the name on another race/track car, regardless of its relative and comparative potential. And, although the design isn't novel, to my eye, it's still beautiful.
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Missed that thread. I agree that the marque is most familiar to those of us who remember Jack Brabham and his involvement with F1 and McLaren Can Am. I'm pleased enough to see the name on another race/track car, regardless of its relative and comparative potential. And, although the design isn't novel, to my eye, it's still beautiful.
For me, the stumbling block (of the business case) will not be an aesthetic one per se, but the fact that, as you say, the design is not novel. The P15 GTR and the Valkyrie are orders of magnitude less attractive/more unattractive than the BT62 is, but for each of the former there is an audience simply because there is nothing else like it. Some people seem to like ugly, whilst perhaps not so many may like normal.
Because of the utterly OTT nature of all these cars, the owners will be looking to "make a statement" by associating themselves with them, and that is more easily done with the P15 GTR and Valkyrie than with the BT62 - even if the statement they're making is, "I've got bad taste and a need to show it!"

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