Gordon Murray Automotive has finally unveiled the T.50 supercar today. The mystery that car enthusiasts have devoured every bit of information for 2 years. The model that promises to be the ultimate analogue driver’s car has entered the world today.
The next chapter for Gordon Murray
The legendary South African designer known for his successes with Brabham and McLaren in Formula 1, with the T.50, is living up to a promise to himself to improve the McLaren F1 in every way. As with the F1, performance is not a guideline, but a result of well-established design goals. For example, the engine had to be able to make faster and more revs than the Mclaren. This objective has been amply achieved by a specially developed V12 block from Cosworth. The 3.9 liter unblown V12 produces a whopping 663 horsepower with a maximum revolutions of 12,100 per minute! And with this the car fulfills another promise, by having a higher rev range than any other production car.
Basic principles, perfectly executed
Gordon Murray makes no secret that he is not fond of the current generation of supercars. The idea that more is better equates to more is worse. A larger car has a higher weight, and a higher weight not only spoils the driving pleasure, but also increases fuel consumption and wear. This is the man who was allowed to choose 2 cars of 150,000 pounds from Mercedes every year. And chose an A class for his wife and a Smart Roadster for himself, which he has kept for 14 years. With this in mind, his car was able to reach a very low weight of only 980 kg.
With such special figures, the comparison with a track car is easily made. But calling the T.50 a track car could be considered an insult. After all, the F1 was also known as a practical car, there is room for 3 people and their luggage. With the T.50 this is no different and here too the improvements can be found everywhere. The 3 seating positions are taken over immediately, with the driver in the middle and the 2 passengers next to it. The “center consoles” of the F1 have been removed for easy access to the seats. The luggage no longer goes through the side, but through the top of the car. This makes carrying bags a lot easier.
Air piece resistance
The last important aspect of a Gordon Murray car is aerodynamics. The T.50 is like a classic marble work of art with minimal air resistance and downforce. There are no flashy spoilers on the bodywork, but only 2 simple flaps at the rear. The mirrors have been replaced for cameras, not only for less resistance, but mainly because it doesn’t spoil the beautiful lines. The all-important detail here comes from another iconic Murray design, the Brabham BT46. The first and last Formula 1 car to use a ground effect fan.
While the BT46 was primarily intended for “cooling”, the T.50 may well fulfill its role as an aerodynamic panacea. Using a fan that can guide the car in 6 driving modes, the T.50 is truly the most advanced road car in aerodynamics. By sucking the car to the ground, it is possible to simulate and significantly improve the effect of a spoiler.
The final curtain
We can go on for days about this impressive machine , but unfortunately every story has an end. Similarly for Gordon Murray, the chance that another hypercar will come out of his pen after the T.50 is very unlikely. The T.50 is a collection of ideas from one of the most eccentric and genius designers of the last century. His vision for the ultimate driver’s car that can actually be driven on the road. Only 100 street versions will be made plus 25 versions for the track. A special achievement by a small company that makes us happy but also a little sad.