Legendary automotive designer and engineer Gordon Murray has unveiled what he's billing as "the purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever made". The team will begin building customer versions of the 986kg supercar in January 2022. Murray pushed each supplier to their limits to deliver ingenuity, the highest quality and of course new levels of lightness.
The T.50's braking setup will be subject to a rigorous testing and real-world fine-tuning regime during the forthcoming development period. Murray revealed back in November that he was already in dialogue with World Endurance Championship promoter and Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest about entering the Le Mans Hypercar division.
The Gordon Murray T.50 supercar also comes with six aerodynamics modes, out of which: High Downforce, Vmax, Streamline and Test can be controlled manually from the cockpit.
T.50 is claimed to be the true spiritual successor to the McLaren F1, Murray's earlier creation. Part of this process includes a seat, steering wheel and pedals "fitting" session - personalised to every owner - that will ensure the T.50 is ergonomically ideal and individualised for each discerning customer. The carbon fibre panels feature precisely engineered deformable areas and the vehicle also uses an F1-style "passenger safety cell".
The exterior body panels are also constructed from cutting-edge carbon fibre - including the front clam, the sculpted doors and the car's rear panels.
To start with, the T.50 tips the scales at just 986kg, almost 150kg less than the F1.
The Gordon Murray T.50 is $3 million+ supercar that will offer 100 lucky individuals the spine-tingling sensation of a naturally-aspirated V12, with no electrification whatsoever! It produces 654bhp at 11,500rpm and 467Nm of peak torque at 9000rpm.
The unique 3.9-liter engine was developed by Cosworth and is rated at 654 hp.
Being totally bespoke, it was possible to optimise every component of the gearbox for weight. The centrally-positioned driver's seat is said to be much easier to get into (compared to the McLaren F1), while there is also enough space for two other passengers on either side. 900 fixings was optimised to cut weight, taking account of the forces to which each would be exposed.
"From the first touch of the titanium throttle pedal to the V12 screaming at 12,100rpm, the driver experience will surpass any supercar ever built", explained Murray.
This central mission promoted simplicity of construction and no compromise was tolerated, no expense was spared. The T.50 stunning pure lines are void of obtrusive or bulgy wings thanks to Murray relying on an aerodynamic floor and fan-driven ground effects, the concept of which harks straight back to the genial Briton's Brabham BT46b fan vehicle.