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Take a look at Gordon Murray’s T.33 car

A screaming supercar that purists would appreciate

Simple, flowing lines are a sight for sore eyes in this age of over-styled vehicles. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY AUTOMOTIVE

For those who wanted a slice of Gordon Murray’s engineering, they would have to look toward the legendary McLaren F1 and the GMA T.50, which were both extremely limited and very expensive. No need to fret though, for Gordon Murray Automotive has another exciting offering, and this one is reportedly easier to live with.

If IKEA built a supercar, it would probably look like this. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY AUTOMOTIVE

Enter the smaller T.33. Instead of seating three like its sibling, the T.50, this is a more traditional two-seater supercar. It does not have its older brother’s crazy fan-assisted aerodynamics, and instead employs ground effects with an active rear spoiler.

The design is heavily inspired by the sleek, clean shape of sports cars from the ’60s, bucking the trend of over-styled, futuristic looks found in modern hypercars. This is evident in such elements as the roof-mounted ram air intake (which is directly connected to the engine), the lights, the exhaust tips, and even the flowing, undisturbed lines from front to back.

Its V12 engine is the same as the T.50's and has been adapted for ease of driving. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY AUTOMOTIVE

The same Cosworth-built, naturally aspirated 3.9-liter V12 used in the T.50 has been reconfigured to deliver 607hp and 451Nm. It still revs up to 11,000rpm, but most of its torque can be found in the lower end of the rev range to aid with everyday drivability. And when it is time to stretch its legs, 90% of its maximum torque is available from 4,500rpm to 10,500rpm.

In line with its focus on being a daily driver that is easier to use, two transmission choices are available: a six-speed manual or a six-speed IGS (instantaneous gear change system) paddle-shift transmission. Both are made by Xtrac and are extremely light82kg for the former, 78kg for the latter.

A driver-focused cabin like this must only offer the essentials. PHOTO FROM GORDON MURRAY AUTOMOTIVE

The two-seater cabin also does away with putting touchscreens everywhere. There are mostly rotary and analog controls, but owners will still enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Other things like an adjustable carbon steering wheel and seats, and a surprising 280L of cargo space (from the front trunk and the side lockers) make it a supercar built for everyday use.

There are no performance metrics like acceleration times or top speed (yet), but the T.33 has an average range figure of 708km (with an optional overdrive sixth gear), which gives it enough range for long road trips.

The price? An eye-watering £1,370,000 (P94,000,000) will get you one of the 100 units made. It will be available globally, and deliveries will start in early 2024. If you were looking for the perfect purist supercar, this is it.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.