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Gordon Murray is back and he wants to take over the world

Gordon Murray is back and he wants to take over the world

Dejan Jovanovic 12 months ago

Gordon Murray Automotive has revealed details of the McLaren F1s’s spiritual successor, the T.50 – this thing is about to rewrite the rulebook…

They sold for a million dollars each, and in 1994 that was just ridiculous. Nobody was prepared for the rest of the McLaren F1 either. Not the Bugatti EB110, nor the Jaguar XJ220 – they were hurled aside by the F1’s wake at 391km/h. All those people in Le Mans that June in 1995, they couldn’t have expected domination by a road car. The McLaren F1 did all that, was all that, and more, because it was designed by a man who regarded the rule book as the biggest challenge.

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The McLaren MP4/4 won 15 out of the 1988 season’s 16 races

Gordon Murray made his name winning Formula 1 world championships for drivers such as Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna. When he got bored of brilliantly exploiting loopholes on the Grand Prix Scene, he decided to build the greatest road car ever designed.

First Murray put the driver in the middle, gave him a steering wheel, a gear lever, and three pedals. There was no traction control, no power steering, no ABS, and no stability control. He then made a call to Garching and asked to speak to Paul Rosche – BMW Motorsport’s engine genius (they called him Camshaft Paul) eagerly provided Murray with a 6.1-litre free-breathing V12 engine. And that’s how you create a $20,000,000 car in today’s money.

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Now Murray wants to do it again, because he’s not exactly enamoured by the current crop of electronics-heavy hypercars, and he’s been vocal about it in the past. Murray’s idea of a spiritual McLaren F1 successor is just as wild as the original seemed back in 1994.

Called the T.50, Murray claims the central-seater will be the “Purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever.” He also made some welcome statements about the senseless horsepower war.

The reality of chasing top speeds only adds weight, notably through ever-more powerful engines, which increase the requirement for larger, heavier ancillaries. We are taking a very different approach,” he said.

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No hybrid bits, a proper manual, and a 12,100rpm limit…

Sitting about the size of a 911, the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 has a claimed weight of just 980kg, which makes it some four hundred kilograms lighter than something like a Porsche 718 Cayman, thanks to carbon fibre construction.

Mounted mid-ship, the 4.0-litre V12 from Cosworth is said to be the highest-revving engine ever in a production car, capable of a ridiculous 12,100rpm to deliver 650 horsepower. A six-speed H-pattern manual transmission drives only the rear wheels and carbon-ceramic brake discs feature lightweight alloy callipers.

Like with the McLaren F1, the T.50 does without a huge rear wing and uses Murray’s active ground-effect knowhow from his racing days. Best of all he even went back and borrowed his Fan Car idea to utilize a rear diffuser and fan for underbody air flow.

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Here’s Gordon Murray in his office, laughing at the rules

The only other hypercars the T.50 might come up against are the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the Mercedes-AMG One, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale or the McLaren Speedtail, except they’re all hybrids, which is a game Murray isn’t interested in playing.

Like the McLaren F1, the GMA T.50 will be limited to 100 examples, each priced from around $2.5 million, or just call it 10 million dirhams…


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