Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 Hypercar Details Come to Light

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 Hypercar Details Come to Light

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 Hypercar Details Come to Light

The man who gave us all these legendary cars over the last few decades is now planning to add to his prolific CV with the reveal of McLaren F1's spiritual successor, the T.50. As for downforce, that will be provided by the ground effect aero created by the fan at the rear of the vehicle.

One of Murray's most famous innovations, which featured on the unique Brabham BT46B Formula 1 auto, also makes a return.

Yes, it will. The T.50's guiding design philosophy is "performance through lightweight" and this V12 supercar will weigh just 980kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 495kW/tonne.

When an engineering legacy contains cars like the McLaren F1, it must be hard for any other achievements to get the recognition they deserve.

But blowing nearly everything else away is what the T.50 will probably do.

Thought the V12, manual, rear-drive supercars had disappeared? "It is a real privilege to play such a key role in the T.50 with an all-new V12 3.9-litre engine, designed, developed, manufactured, and assembled by Cosworth's industry-leading powertrain division".

It'll be paired with a bespoke, six-speed transmission. Weighing just 980kg - around a third lighter than the average supercar - the T.50 achieves a power-to-weight of 663hp/ton, exceeding that of any other naturally-aspirated sports vehicle designed for the road. The T.50 will trademark its extreme nature with very few driver assists, in line with Murray's auto design philosophy aiming for maximum driver control.

Also, like the F1, there will only be around 100 T.50s built and majority, if not all of them, are likely already sold - despite their stratospheric price tag.

That includes tipping the scales at just 980 kg, or around 2,160 pounds, with the engine in the middle and the rear-wheels alone driven.

Based on the specifications for the vehicle that Gordon Murray Automotive released Wednesday, "quick" it'll be indeed.

The V12 Cosworth GMA engine delivers more power from four litres than the F1 produced with 6.1 litres in 1992, an achievement aided by the inclusion of roof-fed ram-air induction, which increases horsepower to around 700hp. Unlike the modern trend for battery power and turbocharging, this will be a naturally aspirated engine, revving to a remarkable 12,100rpm. Internal details are secret for the time being, but Murray did say "everything's titanium". There's also a video of Murray himself giving us an update on the development stage for the project. Besides, the T.50 has space for three people with luggage.

That said, it doesn't sound like the T.50 will merely be a shell in which to transport what sounds like a sensational V12. It can create high-downforce modes for wet roads, or low-drag modes for very fast cruising, and everything in between.

The more visible parts of the exterior will do without wings, outlets, vents, or bulges, then, because the underside is doing the heavy lifting.

The sketch shows an arrowhead seating layout with the central driver's seat flanked by two set-back passenger seats, as pioneered by the F1 and latterly resurrected for the McLaren Speedtail. A manual transmission. And that three-abreast, driver-forward cabin with dihedral doors.

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