Gordon Murray Automotive has just announced that they will be collaborating with the Racing Point Formula One Team to further develop and test the extensive aerodynamics of its forth coming T.50 supercar. According to Gordon Murray – its designer – the T.50 will feature the most advanced and effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car. We couldn’t be more excited.
For those not in the know, Gordon Murray is a legendary Formula One designer who’s built some of the most successful and outlandish Formula One cars of all time such as the Brabham BT46B “Fan Car”. Gordon then tried his hand at engineering one of the fastest road cars ever made – the McLaren F1. We know how that turned out.
The F1 was touted by some as one of the most technologically and aerodynamically advanced cars ever made, similarly Gordon Murray has that very accolade in mind for its spiritual successor. The Formula One partnership with Racing Point helps move the project from software-based aerodynamic testing via computational fluid dynamics to physical testing in a rolling road wind tunnel using a 40 percent scale model.
Aerodynamics is huge deal for the T.50 as evidence by the 48V, 400mm ground-effect fan dominating the rear fascia echoing the design of the 1978 Brabham BT46B Formula One car. It will feature six different aero modes with the most extreme being “Vmax Mode” which also boosts the power up to 522kW.
Speaking of power, the T.50 will feature a 485kW 3.9-litre atmospheric V12 from Cosworth and will rev to an unbelievable 12,100rpm. The screaming bespoke engine will be mated to a six-speed manual with drive going to the rear wheels. This might very well be “the pinnacle of great analogue supercars.”
Lastly, did we mention that the T.50 features Murray’s favoured three-seat layout, with the driver benefitting from a central ‘jet-fighter-style’ driving position? Both the body and monocoque are made from carbon fibre and it’s been said that the entire car tips the scales at just 980kg.
The T.50 is billed for a production run of just 100 cars, each priced in excess of £2,000,000 or $3,850,000 Australian dollars. It’s said that most of the build slots are accounted for with the first customer deliveries slated for January 2022. The T.50 will be unveiled in all its glory at its global unveiling in May 2020.
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