Gordon Murray Automotive T.50s Niki Lauda
Gordon Murray Automotive has simply unveiled the T.50s Niki Lauda, a track-focused automobile that was developed in parallel with their T.50, essentially the most driver-centric supercar ever constructed, the T.50s Niki Lauda has been conceived, designed, and engineered to supply the last word on-track driving expertise.
T T.50s Niki Lauda weighs simply 852kg and will probably be powered by a considerably redesigned model of the T.50’s Cosworth-engineered 3.9-litre V12, producing 725bhp, revving to 12,100rpm, coupled to a newly-designed Xtrac six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. And sure, the 400mm fan on the rear remains to be current, along with superior aerodynamics to provide as much as 1500kg of downforce for the very best observe expertise but.
Manufacturing has been restricted to 25 models of the particular T.50s Niki Lauda, every with an MSRP of £3,100,000 earlier than taxes (about $4,400,000), and also you’ll have a while left to give you that sort of cash as manufacturing solely begins in January 2023, after the run of 100 T.50 supercars is accomplished.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: “The T.50 is the last word road-going supercar, however I all the time dreamed of taking it one step additional… to construct a model that may ship an on-track driving expertise like no different automobile in historical past.”
With the T.50s Niki Lauda they’d no real interest in reaching the last word lap time or creating an over-engineered spaceship trying car on the expense of the motive force, the T.50s Niki Lauda will be pushed by somebody who isn’t an expert F1 driver, and nonetheless have the ability to get the very best out of the automobile.
Identical to an F1 automobile, and the legendary McLaren F1 street automobile, the T.50s Niki Lauda comes with a central driving place, and a high-revving V12 engine simply inches behind the motive force, delivering greater than 700 hp. Most downforce has been set at 1,500 kg for a automobile that itself weighs lower than 900 kg …it is a track-day magnificence you may drive with out a whole assist group, simply present up, and drive!
With 725 hp in a automobile that places solely 852 kg on the scales, you’re looking at an influence to weight ratio that’s higher than a naturally aspirated LMP1 automobile, and it drives like an F1 automobile too … and with a 12,000 rpm engine and subsequent to no silencers, it would scream like an F1 automobile too.
Beginning with a automobile just like the T.50 and making it much more spectacular may not be a easy process, however Gordon Murray and his group managed simply that once they created the T.50s Niki Lauda, and so they nonetheless saved it traditional. A large central fin stretching from the highest of the roof to the rear lip of the automobile, not solely provides vertical stability at velocity, but it surely additionally permits to indicate the Niki Lauda emblem, a much bigger rear diffuser, and a brand new rear wing, impressed by the entrance wing on Murray’s 1983 Brabham BT52 Method One automobile, modifications the appears to be like even farther from the street automobile.
Naturally on the entrance issues have been modified for the T.50s Niki Lauda too, improved airflow into the aspect intakes, but in addition a particular splitter, all impressed by aerodynamics, actually, not a single physique panel from the T.50 street automobile has been used on this track-only model, the intention is to create 25 particular person automobile by providing a plethora of selections for each paint and liveries.
Whereas the T.50 additionally makes use of a Cosworth-designed V12 engine, the one for the T.50s Niki Lauda is nearly utterly totally different, able to hitting the rev-limiter at 12,100 rpm, the usage of a roof-mounted, RAM induction airbox can improve the utmost energy output to 725 hp with a compression ratio of 15:1, most torque of 485 Nm is achieved at 9,000 rpm … and with a ‘straight-through’ exhaust you may need to contemplate earplugs.
At this level, the lightest V12 road-going engine weighs 178 kg, this new Cosworth GMA V12 places solely 162 kg within the automobile, that is achieved by utilizing titanium valves, and no, there isn’t a variable valve timing system right here as a result of that will be too heavy, as a substitute, there are 12 particular person throttle our bodies on prime, fed by a race-inspired airbox. No catalytic converters, skinny Inconel tubing, and small silencers … the T.50s Niki Lauda isn’t supposed to be silent.
A bespoke Xtrac IGS (Instantaneous Gearshift) six-speed paddle-shift gearbox is fitted, designed to suit the exacting packaging and weight calls for of the T.50s Niki Lauda. As a part of Xtrac’s efforts to attenuate weight wherever doable, even the gears are lighter, contributing to a 5kg whole weight discount. Each the gearbox and the clutch are electronically actuated.
Ratios have been chosen to optimize on-track efficiency and driver enjoyment and engagement, delivering a prime velocity of roughly 200-210mph. A set of nearer ratios optimized for shorter circuits may even be supplied, permitting homeowners to benefit from all six gears through the steering column-mounted paddles. On this configuration, the T.50s Niki Lauda will attain round 170mph flat-out.
Nearly the complete T.50s Niki Lauda is comprised of carbon fiber, from the light-weight carbon fiber monocoque to the bespoke physique panels. The chassis is definitely carbon fiber wrapped round a honeycomb aluminum heart, there’s even an F1-style ‘passenger security cell’, whereas all of the glass has been made thinner in comparison with the T.50 street automobile, to make this automobile as light-weight as doable, with out compromising on security.
The T.50 already comes with Brembo sourced carbon ceramic disk brakes (six-piston 370mm x 34mm entrance/ four-piston 340mm x 34mm rear), and with their 3.5G deceleration, they have been deemed sufficient for the T.50s Niki Lauda, for the latter they did add modified ducts for higher cooling. Overlaying these spectacular brakes are bespoke, 18-inch solid magnesium, center-lock wheels that put on Michelin slicks, 250 mm on the entrance and 300 mm on the rear (25/64 18” and 30/68 18” respectively) … naturally ‘moist observe’ tires are additionally doable.
Each the chassis and the aero elements on the T.50s Niki Lauda will be adjusted for an ideal stability on whichever observe you need to sort out, by adjusting the fins on the entrance, and the rear wing, you may elevate or decrease the downforce, decreasing the automobile’s experience peak additional will increase it’s efficiency.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: “Once we first ran the CFD we have been already forward of our downforce goal. At one level we have been reaching 1,900kg of downforce, however we backed it off to 1,500kg to make the automobile extra manageable for the homeowners.”
The T.50s Niki Lauda comes with a central seating place, the ‘pilot’ has a full racing carbon fiber seat with minimal adjustment, secured by a six-point harness. However the T.50s is a two-seater solely, there’s a fastened passenger seat to the left of the motive force, which additionally comes with a four-point harness, however on the appropriate aspect of the motive force, you’ll discover a fireplace extinguisher system and a vertical switchgear panel impressed by the McLaren F1 GTR. You may even order the T.50s Niki Lauda and not using a passenger seat to essentially flip it into a light-weight race automobile.
The dashboard contained in the T.50s Niki Lauda consists of a single digital display screen exhibiting important knowledge on the automobile itself and the high-revving V12 engine, added with aero information, the gearchange indicator, telemetry, lap time, tire pressures/temperatures, g-forces, and a digicam video feed.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: “Engineering the last word track-focused supercar has to start out with the motive force. It was important that we retained a central driving place, with each management organized inside straightforward attain and with no distractions or pointless data on show. And for my part, you don’t get a greater view than that from the central driving place, one which lets you place the T.50s Niki Lauda with millimeter precision on any circuit. You’re left with nothing to remove the pure pleasure of pushing this automobile as laborious as you may in your favourite race circuit.”
By now you in all probability gathered this new T.50s was named after a Method One legend, none aside from three-time world champion Niki Lauda, but it surely doesn’t finish there, every particular person automobile will probably be named after one in all Gordon Murray’s Grand Prix wins on totally different circuits. The primary automobile will probably be designated Kyalami 1974 and additional automobiles will probably be named after the 24 subsequent wins in chronological order. Every automobile may even include a specifically commissioned ebook concerning the race that it’s named after, with Murray’s view and reminiscences of the victory.
Every of the 25 individually specified automobiles will probably be bespoke, each in setup and within the selection of colours and liveries, a Trackspeed package deal may even be included which includes each engineering assist and all of the gear wanted to run the automobile at a observe, together with a full set of pit instruments and refueling gear. Every buyer will obtain a observe day in order that ‘his’ automobile is configured completely to their driving model and capabilities.