British designer Gordon Murray has been releasing teasers of his much-awaited supercar for quite some time. In fact, we’ve already seen photos of the T.50 as early as 2019, albeit in sketches. After more than a year in development, Gordon Murray Automotive has finally revealed his new project, a supercar that could very well be the unofficial successor to the McLaren F1 which he designed.
This is the new T.50
Starting with the design of the T.50, the inspiration from McLaren’s first road going super car is very prominent. Up front, the shape of the bumper and the large headlights certainly has a resemblance to the McLaren F1, while the split window design and butterfly doors (not gullwing) certainly enhance the extra homage. At the same time, it features modern aspects especially at the rear with a large 400mm fan sticking out dead center.
The fan isn’t just for show though. According to Murray, it helps improve downforce and aerodynamics. The large fan can spin at 7,000 rpm, and enhance the ground effect of the T.50 on the fly (no pun intended). Together with the spoilers and interactive diffusers, the fan helps increase downforce by 50% (in Braking Mode 100% more downforce is generated), reduce drag by 12.5%, and add around 50 horsepower to the vehicle’s power output.
On the topic of power, the T.50 uses a 3.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 similar to its predecessor. The Cosworth-built V12 produces 663 horsepower and 467 Nm torque and can rev up to 12,100 RPM. Cosworth does have a lot of experience in naturally aspirated Formula 1 engines in the past. Power is then sent to the wheels via an Xtrac H-pattern 6-speed manual transmission.
Thanks to its extensive use of lightweight materials, the T.50 weighs at only 986kg making it the lightest supercar in the market by far. For reference, it is even lighter than the current-generation Mazda MX-5. No performance figures were given, but considering the power-to-weight ratio, the T.50 can surely accelerate from a standstill in a dash.
Inside, there are only three seats, with the center-positioned driver's seat finished in orange. According to Murray, the design is driver-centric with a “jet fighter-like” driving position with most of the controls arranged neatly around the driver.
Gordon Murray Automotive will start building customer versions of the T.50 in 2022. Only 100 cars being built with each one retailing for GBP 2.36 million or roughly PhP 151.4 million. It wasn’t mentioned whether all 100 cars have been accounted for already.