The last “work” of the South African engineer Gordon Murray, the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50, will be officially presented to the public next weekend. The price? Only, so to speak, 2.7 million euros
The wait is over. At the 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, from October 16th to 17th, the famous South African designer Gordon Murray unveils the Gma T.50, the new supercar born from the automotive genius father of the incomparable McLaren F1. The car was described by Murray as an analog supercar, as well as the perfect antidote to the increasingly heavier modern hypercars. The T.50 has a 3.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, specially commissioned by the designer from Cosworth and capable of delivering 663 hp and 467 Nm of torque. It has been called the most powerful road V12 in history. For now, only 100 units are expected to exorbitant price of 2.36 million pounds, just over 2.7 million euros at the current exchange rate. But that’s not all, the car will be available, in just 25 units, also in a version dedicated to the most famous Austrian Formula 1 driver. The Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda is capable of unleashing up to 735 Hp, it is lighter of the standard variant and capable of generating greater aerodynamic load thanks to the addition of impressive aerodynamic appendages such as wings and flaps that the South African designer did not want to apply to the road car.
Gordon Murray T.50: the characteristics
The dimensions of the car are extremely compact. The T.50 is 4.35 meters long, 1.85 meters wide, 1.16 meters high and the wheelbase is 2.7. The minimum ground clearance of the car is 120mm at the front and 140mm at the rear. The killer engine developed by Cosworth is a 3.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 characterized by a high number of revolutions with the red line “set” at 12,100 rpm. The V12 delivers 663 Hp as standard, reaching 699 Hp through piston induction, while peak power stands at 11,500 rpm. The centrally positioned engine is mated to an integrated 48V starter generator and an Xtrac six-speed manual gearbox that directs power to the rear wheels. Engine and gearbox are semi-structural, the monocoque and the entire body are made of carbon, forged aluminum suspension with a double triangle pattern on both axles. The 19 “and 20” single-nut forged rims are fixed to hubs derived from F1 and “wear” Michelin Pilot 4S tires in sizes 235/35 at the front and 295/30 at the rear. Finally, Brembo carbon ceramic braking system with 370 mm discs at the front equipped with six-piston monobloc calipers and 340 mm rear discs with four-piston monobloc calipers. With the weight of the car contained, the total mass of the Gordon Murray T.50 is only 986 kg including liquids.
Gordon Murray T.50: aerodynamics and ground effect
The new supercar designed by Professor Murray has no aerodynamic appendages, but brings back an old, but winning system, tested years ago on the legendary Brabham BT46B, a car exiled from Formula 1 in 1978 due to an unorthodox interpretation of the then technical regulations relating to aerodynamics. This is the 400 mm diameter rear fan powered by a 48V electric motor. The fan provides the T.50 with true ground effect aerodynamics without the need for large wings or splitters. The fan works in different configurations increasing the downforce by 100% in braking mode and allowing the T.50 to come to a complete stop by a full 10 meters less braking at a speed of around 240 km / h, as well as also providing 15 kg of thrust. more. The driver can choose between different driving modes, including a simplified setting, which creates a “virtual long tail”, a high downforce mode, to make the most of the fan’s ground effect, and a V- setting. Max for high speed racing, using piston induction to increase power to 699HP. Alternatively, GT mode throttles the engine making the T.50 more docile. Finally, the feature that is most reminiscent of the McLaren F1, is found inside the cockpit with the three-seat layout that places the driver in the center, in front of the two passengers.
Gordon Murray: the designer
Genius of Formula 1, the name of Gordon Murray is linked to legendary models that have raced around the world since the late seventies. Unforgettable are the cars designed by the South African technician and designer: the 1978 Brabham BT46, the Brabham BT55 nicknamed the 1986 “sole”, the 1988 McLaren MP4 / 4 and the McLaren Gtr. It was in 1986 that he began his journey with the Woking house. Here he gave birth to two unique projects that have marked the history of the automotive industry, two extraordinary road cars: the McLaren F1 produced in only 106 units from 1993 to 1998, the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built by incredible speed of 386.7 km / h, and the Mercedes McLaren Slr, the high-performance luxury sports car born from the collaboration and experience of the English team in Formula 1, produced from 2003 to 2009.
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