The McLaren F1 remains one of the most iconic supercars to have ever been built. Even today, it will be hard to top the unique three-seater model both in style and in performance. However, if there’s anyone who can build a follow up to the F1, it’s Gordon Murray. Who is he you ask? Well, he’s the man who designed and conceived the original McLaren F1 nearly 30 years ago.
Unlike the F1, Murray’s upcoming spiritual successor, called the T.50, won't be built by McLaren. Instead, it will be built by Gordon Murray Automotive. Earlier this year, we got our first look at the T.50 in the form of a teaser sketch. Now, we finally get to see the supercar’s rear quarter. And to address the elephant in the room, yes that is a functional giant fan sticking out the T.50’s rear end.
Going into the design, the T.50 shares a similar profile to its predecessor. Some design cues of the F1 have been carried over such as the split window design, and the black trim running across the back glass. However, the general styling of the T.50 is very modern featuring more curves. The giant 15.75-inch fan that protrudes out the middle is flanked by the twin exhaust and a pair of circular LED taillights.
The giant fan isn’t just for show though. It actually helps the car in cooling, enhances downforce, improves efficiency, and reducing drag. It does so by accelerating airflow as it passes through the rear diffuser. Two active wings then “bend” the air up or down to either increase downforce or reduce drag. The active aero system is available to choose in various modes, one of which even boosts engine output to 700 horsepower.
Speaking of the engine, power the T.50 is a Cosworth-built naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V12 which produces 650 PS and 450 Nm of torque. It will also be capable of revving to 12,100 rpm. Combined with its claimed weight of 980 kg, the T.50 sure has the power figures to be a proper F1 successor.
The T.50 will make its official debut in May 2020, and only 100 will be built. The cost? Gordon Murray Automotive is charging £2 million (Php 133.46 million) for each one.