T.50—Gordon Murray’s New Supercar

By on September 29, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Legendary designer Gordon Murray, of McLaren F1 fame, is coming out with a new supercar—the T.50. It will have a center-steer, three-seat configuration, as does the F1, and a V-12 engine with 650-horsepower revving to 12,100 rpm. In other words, not your mother’s Corolla. What is even more exciting? It will weigh only 2,161 pounds.

Murray, chairman of Gordon Murray Group, said, “An unflinching dedication to lightweighting, highly advanced active aerodynamics and worldleading standards of advanced engineering will ensure the T.50 rewrites the supercar rulebook. Our experienced team is applying the same uncompromising approach to design and engineering that shaped every facet of the F1, and they are able to deliver substantial improvements over that car in every meaningful way.”

The curb weight is a third less than other supercars because every component has been lightweighted. Murray said the design goal wasn’t the most speed or power. It was lightness. “The reality of chasing top speeds only adds weight, notably through ever-more-powerful engines, which increase the requirement for larger, heavier ancillaries. We are taking a very different approach.”

Helping to keep the weight down is the car’s aerodynamics. The T.50 will have a 15.75-inch fan for underbody airflow control, which means no wings. The T.50 will be 14.37 feet long and just more than 6 feet wide, making it smaller than a Porsche 911.

It’s one of those “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” We’re going to tell you anyway—$3 million.