Gordon Murray has unveiled his new V12-powered T50 supercar, which has been dubbed the “logical successor” to the enduring McLaren F1 from 1992. We inform you extra about it.
- Uses a 4.0-litre Cosworth V12 with a whopping 12,100rpm redline.
- Limited run of 100 road-going items, adopted by 25 track-only variations.
- Three-seat structure with central driver’s seat and handbook gearbox.
What is the Gordon Murray Automotive T50?
The T50 is a brand new V12 supercar, which its creator – legendary automobile designer and engineer, Gordon Murray – calls, “the purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever built”, is an ultra-light, mid-engined, all-carbon-fibre three-seater. It’s dubbed the T50 as a result of it’s Murray’s 50th automobile design in a profession spanning greater than half a century.
It makes use of a refined model of the ground-effect ‘fan car’ know-how its designer first launched to grand-prix racing with the Brabham BT46B for the 1978 Formula 1 season. The T50 shall be powered by a brand new, 663hp naturally aspirated 4.0-litre Cosworth V12 with a 12,100rpm redline. And it will get a handbook gearbox.
Like its revered McLaren predecessor, the rear-wheel drive T50 locations its driver centrally within the cabin, as in a jet fighter. It foregoes door mirrors for cameras to keep away from including to its 1.85m physique width, so it ought to really feel extremely manoeuvrable in tight turns.
What does the T50 supercar appear to be?
The T50 was styled completely in-house, with Gordon Murray himself the chief of the tiny design staff. There are apparent references in its form to the F1 — such because the compact dimension, the arrowhead entrance panel, the roof-mounted air scoop, the dihedral doorways and the usage of ‘ticket windows’ within the aspect glass — however strenuous efforts had been made to make it look much more petite than its forebear.
There’s a serious distinction between the sleek entrance finish of the T50 and the intense performance of its rear finish, which options giant exhausts, business-like mesh for engine bay cooling, an enormous underbody diffuser and a 400mm fan. The fan is pushed by a 48V electrical system and its job is to develop downforce by quickly accelerating the move of air below the automobile. Murray says this “rewrites the rule book for road-car aerodynamics”.
The fan, the diffuser and a pair of dynamic aerofoils on the physique’s higher trailing edge mix to develop much more downforce than any pure system might, and subsequently develop ranges of cornering grip hitherto unknown in supercars.
What’s recognized concerning the T50’s aerodynamic modes?
There are six aerodynamic modes. Two of them, Auto and Braking, work routinely, relying on the automobile’s pace and the driving force’s enter. The others — High Downforce, Vmax, Streamline and Test — are selectable from the cockpit.
High Downforce is self-explanatory, whereas Streamline and Vmax are comparable in that the previous configures the aerodynamics with a “virtual long tail” by working the fan at full pace and retracting the energetic flaps on the highest and backside surfaces. Vmax runs the V12’s crank-mounted 30hp built-in starter-generator flat out to contribute additional energy in three-minute bursts. At speeds of above 241kph, the roof-mounted induction air scoop boosts most engine output to round 710hp.
How sensible is the T50 supercar?
Impressive inside area is one other theme of the T50. Its cabin is even roomier than that of the F1 (to not point out all fashionable rivals) and entry to the centre seat is less complicated, as a result of the ground is now flat. The analogue switchgear and instrumentation – very a lot designed in jet fighter type – are comparatively easy however crafted to Swiss-watch high quality.
The two side-mounted baggage compartments are as roomy as these of the F1 however can now even be top-loaded. Murray could also be promoting a £2m-plus (Rs 19.60 crore, earlier than taxes and duties) collector’s automobile, however he’s decided that it will likely be usable each day.
Gordon Murray T50: What’s below the pores and skin?
The T50 is alleged to weigh simply 986kg on the kerb – about two-thirds of the burden of what Murray insists on calling “an average supercar”. Keeping management of weight isn’t nearly utilizing unique supplies, he mentioned; it’s a way of thinking. The design staff held weekly conferences about it. The T50’s carbon-fibre tub chassis weighs lower than 150kg with all panels. Every particular person nut, bolt, bracket and fastener — about 900 of them — was individually assessed for weight-saving.
The transversely mounted six-speed handbook gearbox, provided by Xtrac and designed with a brand new thin-wall casting method, is 10kg lighter than the already-featherweight ’field utilized by the F1. The Cosworth V12, in the meantime, saves one other 60kg over the F1’s BMW-derived engine and rather more in contrast with that of a Ferrari. Even the carbon-fibre driver’s seat weighs solely 7kg, and it’s 3kg for every passenger seat.
Why take such bother? Because a heavy automobile can by no means ship the advantages of a lightweight one, mentioned Murray. The lightness and the 663hp potential of the brand new V12 give the T50 a power-to-weight ratio that almost all typical supercars might solely match with an influence output of near 963hp. Originally claimed to be 3,890cc, the engine is now confirmed to be 3,994cc in capability.
How unique is the T50 supercar?
Just 100 road-going T50s shall be constructed, every at a value of £2.36 million (Rs 23.12 crore earlier than taxes and duties) earlier than native taxes. Most have already been snapped up by world automobile connoisseurs, notably within the US and Japan, every of whom has paid a £600,000 (Rs 5.88 crore approx.) deposit for the privilege. An additional £750,000 (Rs 7.35 crore) is due when their automobile is laid out in element, with the steadiness settled upon supply.
Who will construct the T50 and the place?
The T50 shall be constructed completely by Gordon Murray Automotive, the bespoke firm Murray launched to face beside his current design enterprise when he revealed his plans for this automobile again in 2017. The T50 shall be constructed on the Surrey manufacturing facility within the UK the place manufacturing will begin late subsequent yr. Deliveries are attributable to start early in 2022.
When will the T50 deliveries start?
The first T50 is scheduled to succeed in its proprietor in January 2022, and your entire batch shall be accomplished throughout the similar yr. After street automobile manufacturing ends, there shall be a run of 25 hardcore, track-only editions. Murray says he would like to see the automobile race, however is reluctant to decide to a programme at current, as a result of he desires to focus on the road-going model and since sports activities automobile and GT race laws past 2022 are nonetheless removed from sure.
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