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13th June 2019, Surrey

Murray T.50 supercar chases design sophistication, not records

T.50 supercar. © Gordon Murray Automotive

T.50 supercar. © Gordon Murray Automotive

Only 100 of the planned Gordon Murray carbon-intensive T.50 supercars will be built, at a cost of £2 million each before tax, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2022.

Conceived as the spiritual successor to the Murray-devised McLaren F1, the T.50 will be the lightest supercar ever built at just 980kg with the sophisticated use of advanced carbon fibre engineering purging the vehicle of every unproductive gram.

“An unflinching dedication to lightweighting, highly-advanced active aerodynamics and world-leading standards of advanced engineering will ensure the T.50 rewrites the supercar rulebook,” says Professor Gordon Murray CBE, Chairman of Gordon Murray Group. “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 engineering planning, plus all interior and exterior styling of the new vehicle has been carried out by Gordon Murray Design and it will be manufactured in the UK by Gordon Murray Automotive – a new company first announced in late 2017 at the One Formula exhibition which celebrated 50 years of Murray’s career in motorsport and automotive design and engineering.

The T.50 breaks from performance-car convention, just as the F1 did in 1992. It weighs significantly less than any other current supercar and has the most advanced aerodynamics of any road car.

It will be powered by a compact and light, naturally-aspirated, all-new V12 engine. The unit will be capable of an extraordinary 12,100rpm – unparalleled in a V12 road car – and 650hp to deliver unmatched power-to-weight.

“However, I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration,” Murray says. “Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built – but, rest assured, it will be quick.”

The T.50 adopts the same three-seat format that Murray pioneered for the F1, with the driver benefitting from a central ‘jet-fighter-style’ driving position. The new car builds on the F1’s highly-advanced aerodynamics, taking Murray’s ground-effect innovations to an all-new level with intelligent management of underbody airflow coupled with a 400mm fan at the rear. The fan actively controls underbody airflow – a feature Murray famously premiered on the Brabham BT46B Formula One ‘Fan Car’. This approach allows the upper surfaces of the car to retain purity and beauty, eschewing the exaggerated scoops and spoilers familiar in the segment and equipping the T.50 with the most advanced aerodynamics of any road car.

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