Last year, the man behind the legendary McLaren F1, Gordon Murray, introduced the T.50. It featured a naturally aspirated V12 engine good for 663 horsepower with a giant fan at the back for maximum downforce. While the T.50 was pegged to be the “ultimate driver's car”, Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has now built a track-focused version. It also has the perfect name to match its track-honed capabilities – officially called the T.50s Niki Lauda.
Like the standard T.50, the T.50s Niki Lauda uses the same 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine. The output for this one, however, has been bumped to 701 horsepower 485 Nm torque. At speed, the ram-air system increases the figure even further to 725 horsepower. Did we mention it also revs to a maximum of 12,100 RPM? All that power runs through a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. The automaker will offer two gear sets, one with longer gearing for top speed and another with shorter gearing for tight circuits.
To improve handling, the Niki Lauda version features revised aero all around. The front end gets a large splitter as well as NACA ducts on the hood. New fenders and side skirts were fitted to match. At the rear, there's a large vertical fin to improve high-speed stability together with a massive rear wing inspired by Murray's 1983 Brabham BT52 Formula 1 car. Just like the standard model, the fan has been retained. The suspension has also been tweaked by dropping the car lower.
Since the T.50s Niki Lauda is meant to be a track car, GMA also switched up the interior. The driver still sits in the center, but the right seat is replaced by a fire extinguisher. Customers can still opt to fit a passenger seat on the left...or not to save weight.
Only 25 units of the T.50s Niki Lauda will be built. Each one will be dedicated to the 25 Formula 1 wins achieved by Murray-designed cars. There's no official price tag for the vehicle, but we're sure it's damn expensive.