Monday, July 22, 2024

T.50s – a lighter, more powerful version of Gordon Murray’s new supercar

After many years, British designer Gordon Murray founded his own company, Gordon Murray Automotive, and this year introduced his first car, the T.50. If the T.50 had already impressed you, the racing variant of the car promises even more power and less mass.

The company calls this racing-focused version as T.50s for now; the company says a historically-significant official name will be announced later this year at its global reveal. The latest creation of the South African engineer has been stripped of all the superfluous down to 890 kg, some 94 kg less than the T.50, which itself is an absolute featherweight for a supercar.

It uses a 4.0-liter atmospheric V12 engine, which is the same as the standard version. However, while the standard version produces 664 horsepower, the power value has been increased to 720 hp in the racing version. It is stated that this difference is due to reasons such as emission restrictions. According to Gordon Murray, you could drive the car upside down if the speed is 175 mph (282 km/h).

Instead of the road car‘s six-speed manual, the T.50s uses a paddle-shifted six-speed gearbox. The body of the vehicle, which has been redesigned according to the tracks, has started to offer a downforce of 1,500 kg. Undoubtedly, the 1.7-meter spoiler at the rear has a great effect on this. As we can see, it has an even larger roof scoop and a solid wing fin at the rear. There is also a new front splitter, redesigned diffuser at the rear, and a hefty wing on the tailgate.

A lot of equipment has been removed in the interior of the vehicle. In the cockpit of the T.50s, it is stated that the driver will sit in the middle, as in the McLaren F1 and T.50, and sits in a carbon fiber racing seat with a six-point harness. The rectangular steering wheel has buttons for the traction control, launch control, pit-lane intercome, and for selecting neutral. There’s now only room for one passenger on the left side here.

Surrey-based GMA will make just 25 of them and will sell them for £3.1 million ($4.1 million). Although, more than half of those units already have a buyer. It is also announced that the production of T.50s will start in January 2022.