Gordon Murray, the father of the McLaren F1, has unveiled a “track” version of his supercar, the T.50.
725 hp, 852 kg, 1,500 kg of support: figures that leave you dreaming, and that evoke more the world of F1 and Le Mans than a production car, however limited it may be. But that’s what Gordon Murray announces for his T.50s Niki Lauda, pistarde version of la supercar T.50.
And Gordon Murray, we can trust him: the engineer, originally from South Africa, counts among his feats of arms the Brabham BT46, an F1 equipped with a fan to create support, the McLaren MP4 / 4 which remains the most dominant F1 in history, or the legendary McLaren F1 supercar.
It is from the latter that he was inspired in 2020 to create, under the name Gordon Murray Automotive, the T.50. With his Atmospheric 663 hp V12, its weight under the ton, and especially its aerodynamic fan, it wants to be the ultimate supercar. But in 2021, GMA is raising the tone again, with this version dedicated to the track: the T.50s Niki Lauda, named after the Austrian world champion who raced for Gordon Murray.
The obsession with weight and aero
The modifications compared to a normal T.50 are obvious: a huge fin, an LMP1-style dorsal ridge, aerodynamic appendages which abound … The T.50s announces the color. As a result, the downforce climbs sharply, reaching a maximum of 1,500 kg. The T.50s weighing only 852 kg, so it could roll glued to the ceiling ! The famous fan can no longer be configured, but operates at full speed (7,000 rpm) for suck the air under the car, sticking it to the ground.
A weight gain which was done on all aspects of the car: the wheels are made of magnesium, the gearbox (sequential, this time) is 5 kg lighter, the engine loses 16 kg, the cabin is even more stripped down. .. It only has skin on the bones, carbon.
The 3.9L V12 Cosworth now develops 725 hp, with an incredible red zone set at more than 12,000 rpm… There will be music! The brakes, too, are even more powerful. And, combined with the increased support and reduced weight, they promise 3.5G decelerations.
Soon in the race?
With this impressive technical sheet, we immediately think of the race, and the Hypercar category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Gordon Murray instead turns to Stéphane Ratel, organizer of GT3 races, to allow his customers to follow the GT World Challenge Europe, and to ride during race weekends. Ultimately, the goal is to create a GT1 category, in which cars like the T.50s, the Brabham BT62 or theAston Martin Valkyrie could clash.
In the meantime, each of the 25 happy owners of T.50s will be able to enjoy their car on the track, after a day of training for the driver and his appointed mechanic. We imagine that the entrance ticket will be salty …
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