Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gordon Murray’s T.50 hypercar is a true successor to McLaren F1

South African-born Gordon Murray, one of the most creative designers of Formula One racing cars, created his new Supercar, the T.50, and is preparing for its official launch. This model is referred to, by the designer himself, as the true successor to the McLaren F1, being unique in design and technology.

On the occasion of the launch of a new website, the new Gordon Murray Automotive, the manufacturer has published a video on the development of the new Supercar and, of course, to start with the engine.

T.50 is a high-performance car, ultra-light at only 980kg, with a monocoque carbon fiber chassis. The T.50 cockpit stands out with its three seats, with the driver sitting in the center, an element we knew from F1.

The three-seater coupe will be powered by an atmospheric 3.9-liter V12 engine that has been developed by Cosworth in association with Gordon Murray Automotive. With two camshafts and a dry crankcase, it will develop 650 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 12,100 rpm, with power going through the rear wheels via a manual transmission. Braking is ensured by four huge carbon-ceramic discs. VMAX mode starts with Streamline and kicks in the extra boost from the 48-volt system to get to about 700 hp.

A 3-cylinder test mule version of the T.50's 3.9-liter V12 engine tries out 12,100 rpm.
A 3-cylinder test mule version of the T.50’s 3.9-liter V12 engine tries out 12,100 rpm.

To speed up the process, they started by adapting a block of four cylinders, but with only three functional cylinders to serve as test mule version to validate all performance and emissions objectives.

The T.50 will be a relatively compact mid-rear engine coupe with flowing lines, with much of the aerodynamic elements under the car. At the rear, the car will be fitted with a 400mm diameter fan, inspired by the 1978 Brabham BT46B, to improve intelligent, active aerodynamics by stabilizing the airflow speed under the car and through a diffuser that makes the full width of the racing car. This allowed, according to Murray, to design a body free of fins, air intakes, vents, and unsightly bulges.

At the same time, the T.50 has other air management tools, such as active aerodynamics, a rear-mounted wing, and six different mounting settings, including the traction system and engine performance.

Other details of the car might be revealed during the official launch of the car. The T.50 will be produced only 100 copies, and Murray plans to deliver the first cars in early 2022.