Gordon Murray says T.50 rewrites the supercar rule book

Only 100 examples of McLaren F1 successor will be produced

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The road-going version of Gordon Murray's T.50 puts driver in middle seat and has rear-mounted V12 engine and ground-effects fan | Gordon Murray Associates photos

Gordon Murray Automotive says it has rewritten the supercar rule book with the unveiling of the T.50, which was designed “to be the purest, lightest, most driver-centric supercar ever.”

“Improving on his acclaimed McLaren F1 in ‘every conceivable way,’ Professor Gordon Murray CBE is leading the team that will begin building customer versions of the 986kg supercar in January 2022,” according to the company’s news release. Only 100 examples of the car will be built, the company added.

“Justifying its £2.36m (before taxes) price tag, the T.50 promises to deliver an unsurpassed driving experience.”

In dollars, the T.50 price is around $3.1 million.

Aero-aiding fan is mounted at the rear

Part of that experience will be a meeting between each customer and Murray to discuss personalized aspects of each T.50, including steering wheel and pedal-fitting.

Providing the “unsurpassed” driving experience for T.50 owners is a bespoke 663 horsepower 3.9-liter V12 engine developed by Murray Automotive and Cosworth. The Cosworth GMA engine turns to 12,100 rpm and is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. 

The car also has “advanced and effective aerodynamics” and a rear-mounted fan that is designed to create downforce and to enhance the car’s dynamic capabilities. The car has six “aero modes” which are “enabled through active and interactive fan-assisted aerodynamics” and are designed to “enhance rather than numb the drive experience.”

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Murray in the middle, where the driver sits

As in Murray’s acclaimed McLaren F1, the driver sits in a central position in the T.50, which gets its number designation in celebration of Murray’s 50th anniversary in automotive engineering and design.

“Just 100 customers will share my vision, a car created to improve on the F1 formula in every conceivable way,” Murray is quoted in the company’s announcement. 

“With 30 years of technological and systems advancement, now, the time is right to design the greatest analogue driver’s car. I believe no other company could deliver what we will bring to market in 2022, producing this British supercar will be my proudest moment.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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