Gordon Murray thinks the Cosworth GMA V12 might be some of the iconic engines of all time. The ultra-light, ultra-compact, naturally aspirated V-12, developed by Britain’s Cosworth Engineering to Murray’s exact specification, will energy a pure, driver-focused, light-weight three-passenger hypercar known as the T.50, a automobile designed to be the successor to his ground-breaking McLaren F1 that rocked the 1990s.
The Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) T.50 will make its public debut on August 4. However GMA has launched a wealth of element on the extraordinary engine that may energy it. We brushed the surface of the engine’s magic recently, however think about this the deep dive.
Murray wished a 12-cylinder engine for the T.50 from the outset. “To be really exceptional, an engine must have the precise character,” he explains. “It have to be extremely responsive, have an incredible sound and fascinating torque supply, be free-revving and it needs to be naturally aspirated. For all these causes, the engine within the T.50 was by no means going to be something apart from a V-12.”
A key ingredient of the design temporary was to maintain the general dimension of the engine as small as potential. Murray cites the three.0-liter V-12 that powered the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO as one of many unique inspirations for the Cosworth GMA. Different influences included the three.5-liter Honda RA121E V-12 that powered Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger’s McLaren MP4/6 F1 racers within the early 1990s—the most effective of the F1 V-12s when it comes to efficiency, stability and weight, Murray insists—and the BMW S70/2 V-12 that powered his McLaren F1 highway automobile.
Designed from scratch and sharing no elements with every other engine, the Cosworth GMA displaces 3.9-liters and has a 65-degree vee angle. The 29-pound metal crank sits very low within the block, simply 3.Four inches from the underside of the engine, 32 % decrease than the crank location of the F1’s BMW S70/2 V-12. The twelve connecting rods and 48 valves are titanium, as is the clutch housing for the six-speed guide Xtrac transmission. The camshafts and all ancillaries are gear pushed—there are not any belts. The entire engine weighs simply 392 kilos, 143 kilos lower than the F1’s BMW powerplant.
Producing 164 horsepower per liter, the Cosworth GMA has the best particular output of any naturally aspirated highway automobile ever constructed. The engine makes 654 horsepower at a screaming 11,500 rpm, and can rev to 12,100 rpm. Its peak torque of 344 lb-ft arrives at a dizzying 9,000 rpm, however 245 lb-ft is on the market from simply 2,500 rpm to make sure tractability in on a regular basis driving circumstances. Vmax Mode, which trims the aerodynamics to low drag settings, unleashes an additional 49 ponies from the automobile’s 48-volt built-in starter-generator to allow the T.50 to hit prime velocity.
Murray wished the Cosworth GMA to be essentially the most responsive highway automobile engine ever and claims it will possibly zing from idle to 12,100 rpm in simply 0.Three seconds. He says it is virtually 3 times as responsive because the F1’s BMW V-12 and units a benchmark that is unlikely to be surpassed by a highway automobile.
It isn’t simply the pursuit of sunshine weight, compact dimensions, excessive revs and supreme throttle response that made it inevitable the Cosworth GMA could be naturally aspirated. “You possibly can by no means get an awesome sound from a turbocharged engine,” says Murray. The T.50’s cold-air ram induction consumption sits instantly above the motive force’s head and makes use of various thicknesses of carbon fiber within the roof to behave as a loudspeaker, amplifying engine sound within the cabin. As a result of the system depends on throttle angle and never engine velocity, the T.50 might be quiet and refined on half throttle, the engine be aware rising louder as the motive force pushes by means of half-throttle and past.
“The T.50 engine sound goes to be phenomenal,” enthuses Murray. “The intoxicating growl that drivers love is launched because the throttle angle will increase. The sound intensifies because the induction noise kicks in, then as you push in direction of the higher finish of the rev vary the V-12 will sing like nothing else on the highway.”
Not like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, whose 1,000-hp, 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 might be a totally structural member of the automobile, bolted on to the carbon fiber tub like a Method 1 automobile powerplant, the T.50’s engine might be a semi-structural unit. It will likely be remoted from the cabin by way of a fancy association of mounts to cut back noise, vibration and harshness, however will even help the rear suspension arms that connect on to the transmission. The six-speed guide Xtrac transmission weighs simply 177 kilos, its forged aluminium housing a mere 0.1 inches thick.
The McLaren F1’s astounding V-12 owed quite a bit to the engineering genius of BMW engine guru, Paul Rosche. The Cosworth GMA V-12 that may energy its religious successor, the T.50, is Gordon Murray’s child. “I began my profession as an engine designer,” he says, so conceiving and specifying the three.9-litre V-12 for the T.50 was such a pleasure. Having a clean sheet of paper and getting down to create the world’s greatest, highest-revving, most superbly crafted, wonderful sounding engine is one thing I have been ready to do for years.”