Oh, to be on the workers of High Gear Journal. Everybody and their canine desires that place, however a fortunate few have it, they usually bought to see one of many world’s most exciting hypercars in the flesh first.
That automobile? The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50.
We’ve recently covered the power unit that belongs in the course of the beast, however solely renders and drawings of the finalized automobile have been proven. Not anymore.
The T.50 represents a end result of Gordon Murray’s lifetime of aerodynamics, design, engineering, and Formulation 1 expertise. He was the unique architect of the McLaren F1, to this present day nonetheless one of many best vehicles, not to mention supercars, ever made.
That is the automobile that he’s making to “proper the wrongs” of the McLaren F1. The bags is a ache, the clutch wants adjusting, the brakes squeak, the backbone of the F1 is 50 mm too extensive for Murray’s exacting requirements.
And so, he’s making the T.50. And it additionally won’t come cheaply.
The value has been revealed for the primary time, and it’s astronomical. £2.36 million, or roughly $3.08 million US.
Nevertheless, when your resume has “Lead designer of probably the most revolutionary Formulation 1 vehicles of all time, the McLaren MP-4/4” and “Chief designer and lead undertaking supervisor of the McLaren F1,” you kind of don’t must be cheap in worth.
Or, as Murray himself mentioned, “It’s not £20 million, so I level out to clients this can be a automobile that delivers the identical expertise [as the F1], however higher in each means, and with an 80 p.c low cost.”
Additionally, some extra astonishing figures have include the official reveal.
The automobile’s complete moist weight, and not using a driver, is 986 kg (2,173 lbs).
To provide an concept of how gentle that’s, a Mark 7 Ford Fiesta ST, one of many lightest scorching hatches in current reminiscence, is 2,720 lbs. A Lotus Exige Cup 430, one of many lightest “regular” vehicles that cash should buy, is 2,360 lbs with all fluids on board.
It’s over 200 lbs lighter than the Aston Martin Valkyrie. In different phrases, it’s unbelievably gentle.
And it isn’t lined in winglets or perhaps a spoiler on the again. How the T.50 sticks to the street is its celebration trick.
Very similar to what is going to occur to Formulation 1 in 2022, the automobile makes use of floor results to provide 90% of its downforce. It additionally has an enormous fan pushed off the engine to, fairly actually, vacuum the automobile to the street.
For now, nonetheless, all we will do is sit right here with our jaws scraping our knees in amazement. It’s aerodynamically attractive, engineered with ounces and half ounces, and even quarters of an oz. of weight in thoughts.
It’s, in impact, probably the most pure type of a driver’s automobile that has ever existed within the hypercar area. Solely 100 will ever exist. And so they’re already over 50% bought.