Gordon Murray Automotive has released details of its first vehicle – the T.50 supercar. Conceived as the spiritual successor to the Murray-devised McLaren F1, the T.50 will be equipped with an all-new V12 capable of hitting 12,100rpm.
Developed in collaboration with Cosworth, the V12 3.9-liter ‘Cosworth Gordon Murray Automotive’ engine – which has been designed to be compact and light – will rev to a remarkable 12,100rpm and develop 659ps and 450Nm of torque. Aided by the inclusion of roof-fed ram-air induction, the V12 is able to reach around 700ps.
Bruce Wood, managing director of powertrain, Cosworth, said, “Developing an engine that delivers superlative performance, while meeting stringent emissions targets, is a challenge that demonstrates Cosworth’s unique capabilities.”
The GMA team focused on producing the purest driving experience possible, rejecting the use of turbos or electrified powertrain assistance, instead applying attention to engine response.
Chairman of Gordon Murray Group, Gordon Murray added, “By working with the team at Cosworth Powertrain, we have created the greatest naturally aspirated engine ever designed for the road. It is the highest revving, highest power density, lightest and fastest-responding naturally aspirated V12 ever made for a road car.”
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a bespoke, lightweight 6-speed transmission designed in conjunction with Xtrac. With maximum driver reward and low weight in mind, Murray has developed an H-pattern 6-speed gearbox.
The car will be manufactured by Gordon Murray Automotive at a new, purpose-built facility in Surrey, UK. With development now at an advanced stage, full production and customer deliveries are set to commence in early 2022. Just 100 of the T.50 will be built.