I dare to suggest that at $2.5 million tax, and limited to 100 units, Gordon Murray's T.50 is nothing less than the 21st century's McLaren F1. That's a tall order, of course, but if anybody can satisfy it, it would be Murray, the F1's creator. And based on the numbers, the T.50 is everything we want a supercar to be, and then some.
Like the F1, the T.50 is all-carbon-fiber mid-engined supercar with three seats and a central driving position. It's 172.4 inches long and 72.83 inches wide, smaller than a current Porsche 911. Murray's supercar is powered by a Cosworth-GMA 3.9-liter 65° V-12, a twin-cam naturally-aspirated engine that produces 650 horsepower and revs to 12,100 RPM—a higher redline than any other road car in history. The engine apparently doesn't have a flywheel, according to Murray, which helps it achieve significantly higher engine speed than the Aston Martin Valkyries's N/A Cosworth V-12.
Those 650 horses go through a brand new 6-speed H-pattern manual gearbox made by Xtrac, and with a limited-slip differential in car weighing just 2160 lbs., that should translate to an extremely pure driving experience. The brakes are carbon ceramics featuring monobloc calipers, and to make the most of that power-to-weight ratio, Murray also threw in his "fan car" technology, pioneered in the banned Brabham BT46B Formula 1 car. This means the T.50 will have a full-width diffuser using fan-assisted airflow for active ground effects and variable brake balance.
Here's how Gordon Murray explains the T.50, the fiftieth car designed by him under the "T" designation:
Automotive enthusiasts and road-test editors have discussed the concept of "peak supercar" for some time. The reality of chasing top speeds only adds weight, notably through ever-more powerful engines, which increase the requirement for larger, heavier ancillaries. We are taking a very different approach. An unflinching dedication to light-weighting, highly-advanced active aerodynamics and world-leading standards of advanced engineering will ensure the T.50 rewrites the supercar rulebook. 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. I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration. Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built—but, rest assured, it will be quick.
Built at a new, purpose-built facility in Surrey, England, the T.5o will use mostly UK-sourced parts, including the powertrain, body and chassis. Murray says that just like the F1, it will work as an "everyday supercar, capable of GT-style cruising in spacious comfort with room for driver, two passengers and luggage." And the differece between now and 1992? Back to Murray:
The T.50 design has the same focus and betters the F1 in every area—ingress and egress; luggage capacity; serviceability; maintenance and suspension set-up. Also, driver-selectable engine maps ensure a driving mode to suit every situation.
Deliveries are set to begin in early 2022 and the base price set at $2.5 million before taxes. Gordon Murray Design is also working on an even lighter, more affordable sports car using the iStream construction method, perhaps because Murray found his Alpine A110 to be too wide. On the other side of the pond, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is also working on a three-seater supercar with a central driving position, while the first iStream car intended for series production, the new TVR Griffith, seems to have hit a wall.