Gordon Murray Automotive, sister-business of visionary vehicle design and engineering company Gordon Murray Design, has announced details of its first vehicle – the T.50 supercar. Conceived as the spiritual successor to the Murray-devised McLaren F1, the T.50 is described as ‘the purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever built’.
The development of T.50 is at an advanced stage, with full production and deliveries to customers set to commence in early 2022. Each of the 100 cars to be produced will cost more than £2 million (before adding taxes in the UK market).
Inspired by 50 years of F1 experience
The new supercar is inspired by his 50 years at the pinnacle of Formula 1 and automotive industry engineering and design. Every race or road car penned by Murray so far has featured a ‘T’ designation; and the T.50 will be the 50th in a highly illustrious line.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE, Chairman of Gordon Murray Group, said: “An unflinching dedication to lightweighting, highly-advanced active aerodynamics and world-leading standards of advanced engineering will ensure the T.50 rewrites the supercar rulebook. Our experienced team is applying the same uncompromising approach to design and engineering that shaped every facet of the F1, and they are able to deliver substantial improvements over that car in every meaningful way.”
The engineering planning, plus all interior and exterior styling of the new vehicle has been carried out by Gordon Murray Design. It will be manufactured in the UK by Gordon Murray Automotive – a new company first announced in late 2017.
Break from convention
The T.50 breaks from performance-car convention, just as the F1 did in 1992. It will weigh significantly less than any other current supercar, with the most advanced aerodynamics of any road car.
Power will come from a compact and light, naturally-aspirated, all-new 3.9-litre V12 engine built by Cosworth. The unit will be capable of an extraordinary 12,100 rpm – unparalleled in a V12 road car – and 650 bhp/450 Nm to deliver unmatched power-to-weight. However, 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.”
Advanced aerodynamics with ground effect
The T.50 will adopt the same, iconic 3-seat format that Murray pioneered for the F1, with the driver benefitting from a central ‘jet-fighter-style’ driving position. The new car builds on the F1’s highly-advanced aerodynamics, taking Murray’s ground-effect innovations to an all-new level with intelligent management of underbody airflow coupled with a 400 mm fan at the rear.
The fan actively controls underbody airflow – a feature Murray famously premiered on the Brabham BT46B Formula One ‘Fan Car’ of the 1980s This approach allows the upper surfaces of the car to retain purity and beauty, eschewing the exaggerated scoops and spoilers familiar in the segment and equipping the T.50 with the most advanced aerodynamics of any road car.