If you’re not a big fan of the downsizing trend and also feel that today’s performance vehicles are just too heavy, the man behind the McLaren F1 has it. the car you need. With a V12 engine and a targeted curb weight of less than 1,000 kilograms (2,204 pounds), the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 just might be the swansong of the purest race of sports cars.
At the heart of the naturally aspirated machine will be a fully bespoke engine developed by Cosworth as the ‘Formula 1 engine for the road’. The 3.9-liter removes forced induction and spins up to a screaming 12,100 RPM, with the full amount of torque at just 2,500 RPM. It produces a healthy 467 Newton-meters (344 pound-feet) while the output of 654 horsepower comes in at 11,500 rpm.
All that power will be channeled to the rear wheels via a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox, developed in collaboration with Xtrac. If you wonder about the size of the car, it will only be 60 millimeters (2.36 inches) taller and 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) taller than its inspiration – the legendary McLaren F1.
Much like the McLaren F1 and the Speedtail that followed it, the T.50 will feature an unconventional three-seater layout to provide better functionality than almost any other supercar on the road today. GMA refers to its exciting product using big words, calling it “the purest, lightest and most driver-centric supercar ever”.
While the rear with its massive, center-mounted fan has been revealed, the front fascia remains a bit of a mystery for now. We know Gordon Murray previously said the design will take after F1, which is hardly a surprise given that the T.50 is touted as the spiritual successor to the fastest naturally aspirated car ever built.
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