Gordon Murray GMA T.50 goes into production

Following the sign off drive, Gordon Murray CBE said: ‘This really is the next F1, and that was my intention. The T.50 had to deliver all that car did, but better – and that’s what it does. It’s such a driver-focused and exciting car to drive…and as for the V12 engine, all I can say is wow!’

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While the T.50 is not being engineered to be a numbers car, its key figures are quite something thanks to an absolute focus on GMA’s fundamental development criteria, such as performance through lightweighting and innovation by design. As a result, the T.50 has successfully hit its target kerb weight of 986kg, an incredible achievement given the three-seater layout and V12 powertrain.

The bespoke V12 is the result of a collaboration between GMA and Cosworth, producing 488kW at 11,500rpm and 468Nm of torque at 9000rpm. It’s connected to a six-speed manual transmission and powers the rear wheels alone.

Of course the T.50’s most advanced element is its aerodynamic package, which centres around a rear-mounted fan that facilitates F1-style ground-effects for immense downforce without the need for drag-incurring wings.

The T.50 really is the next step of supercar design and engineering, building on a foundation developed by Professor Murray in the McLaren F1. Its path has been forged with a no-expense-spared mentality that goes some way to explain its price tag.

The combination of almost limitless creative freedom and Murray’s technical brilliance is a potent one, and with government regulation closing in on high-speed performance cars such as this, it could well be the last of its kind – the last analogue supercar.

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Alex Rae

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