Legendary racecar and car designer Gordon Murray has just unveiled plans for the T.50. Murray says that the T.50 will be the purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever built. This is coming from the guy that was responsible for the creation of the McLaren F1. Murray takes inspiration for this new supercar from two of his most recognisable creations the Brabham BT46B F1 car and the McLaren F1.
Murray says: “I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration. Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built – but, rest assured, it will be quick. We expect this to be the last, and the greatest, ‘analogue’ supercar ever built.”
Lightweight and powerful
According to the press blurb T.50 will weigh significantly less than any other current supercar, will have the most advanced aerodynamics of any road car and it will deliver the most driver-focused performance and dynamics of any road car since the McLaren F1. T.50 will have the same three-seat format that Murray pioneered for the F1. The driver will be centrally sited ahead of the two passengers for an ideal view ahead.
Power will be derived from an all-new compact and lightweight, naturally-aspirated, 3,9-litre V12 engine. It is said the engine will be capable of reaching 12 100 r/min and deliver over 480 kW and 450 N.m in the process. The engine will be produced exclusively for the T.50 by Cosworth Powertrain. That engine will be asked to move a scant 980 kg. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Murray adds: “By working with the team at Cosworth Powertrain we have created the greatest naturally-aspirated engine ever designed for the road. It is the highest revving, highest power density, lightest and fastest-responding naturally-aspirated V12 ever made for a road car.”
Ground-effect innovations coupled with a 400 mm fan at the rear will control underbody airflow. This is similar in principle to the Brabham BT46B Formula One ‘Fan Car’. Adopting this system allows the car to do away with scoops, vents, wings and spoilers. In total, the car is said to cast the same footprint as a Porsche 911.
Murray has been silently working on the T.50 and says that the car is at an advanced stage. He plans for full production and customer deliveries to commence in early 2022. The production run will be limited to 100 units. Incidentally, the T.50 stands for Murrays’s 50 years at the pinnacle of Formula One and automotive engineering and design. The car will be produced by Gordon Murray Automotive – a new company first announced in late 2017.
Listen to the car’s creator talk about his latest creation in the video below: