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Gordon Murray is back with a new supercar called the T.50

Touted as the ‘purest and most driver-focused’ supercar ever

Car-crazy billionaires are now placing their orders for this sports car. IMAGE FROM GORDON MURRAY DESIGN

Mention the name Gordon Murray and car guys perk up. That’s because the man is none other than the legendary Formula 1 car designer who created the iconic McLaren F1 (1992) and helped bring the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2003) to life.

This dude forever changed the world of supercars with the McLaren F1. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY DESIGN

There are critics, however, who insist that the F1 was a one-off fluke and that Murray doesn’t really deserve all the plaudits we’ve bestowed upon him. Their point sounds valid especially when you consider that his subsequent creation—via his company Gordon Murray Design—was a grotesque-looking small city car called the T.25 (2010).

Hard to reconcile this T.25 freak with the design genius behind the F1. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY DESIGN

Ah, but the recently designated Commander of the British Empire is striking back, and thankfully he isn’t fooling around with an ugly urban runabout this time. Murray has just revealed the first official sketch of the T.50, which he claims is “the purest, lightest and most driver-focused supercar ever.”

The mid-engined and rear-wheel-drive T.50 will be propelled by a 3,980cc naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 that produces 650hp and 450Nm while revving to a jaw-dropping 12,100rpm. Mated to a six-speed bespoke transmission, this powerplant will have the task of moving a sports car that will weigh all of 980kg (thanks in large part to a lightweight carbon-fiber tub).

“I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration,” Murray is quoted by the press statement as saying. “Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built. But, rest assured, it will be quick.”

Thankfully, Gordon Murray is back to designing kick-ass supercars. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY DESIGN

The car will feature a 400mm ground-effect fan at the rear to help control underbody airflow—an idea borrowed from a Murray-designed Formula 1 car, the 1978 Brabham BT46B.

While no drawing of the interior has been released, Gordon Murray Design discloses that the T.50 will have the same three-seat layout the motoring world came to love in the McLaren F1.

The Brabham BT46B and the McLaren F1 were both design inspirations. IMAGE FROM GORDON MURRAY DESIGN

Only 100 units of the T.50 will be manufactured by Gordon Murray Automotive at a new Surrey facility. It is expected to be priced above £2,000,000 (P131 million), and that’s before taxes. The car is set for delivery starting in early 2022.

“Just as with the F1, we have no specific targets for acceleration, top speed or lap times,” Murray declares. “The F1 was fast because it was light and relatively small. The T.50 will deliver performance and dynamic characteristics simply out of reach for other supercars not least because of its low weight. Once again, I have focused on the complete driving experience, not horsepower or top speed.”

Safe to assume all the supercar makers in the business are now furiously taking notes.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.