Gordon Murray Design has revealed Cosworth’s custom-designed V12 engine that will power its next supercar, the T.50. Considered a spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 written by Murray, which was powered by a BMW V12, the T.50 is modeled after the old fastest car in the world.
As a result, a standard engine simply wouldn’t do. The 3.9-liter engine had to be light and responsive. It’s not only the lightest naturally aspirated V12 road car engine ever, weighing in at just 177 pounds (80.5 kilograms), but it’s also the fastest, most responsive and responsive V12 engine. the most power dense ever installed on a road car.
“More than half of any truly great driving experience comes from the engine, so from the start I set the highest possible benchmark – creating the world’s largest naturally aspirated V12,” said Gordon Murray. . “To be truly remarkable, an engine has to have the right character; very responsive, amazing sound, attractive torque delivery, free revs and it has to be naturally aspirated. For all these reasons, the T. 50’s engine was never going to be anything other than a V12. “
The engine produces 654 hp with a red line at 12,100 rpm. 71% of the car’s maximum torque is delivered at 2,500 rpm, while the total torque of 344 lb-ft comes in at 9,000 rpm.
True to the McLaren F1 vibe, the engine will be mated to a six-speed six-speed manual gearbox to ensure the under 2,200 lb (1,000 kg) T.50 will be the driver’s ultimate car. In addition to the engine’s function, its shape was also carefully considered by Murray.
“Above all, I wanted it to look clean like the BMW S70 / 2 engine, which didn’t have carbon or plastic covers,” he said. “There were only intake trumpets, cam covers, an exhaust block and heads, and a few belt-driven accessories that I managed to do away with.
“In designing the T.50 V12, I wanted it to be the antidote to the modern supercar where you can’t see the engine under carbon covers.”
Bruce Wood, managing director of Cosworth, described the T.50 project as “one of the most difficult” Cosworth has ever worked on, but said it was “a real thrill” to be involved in the project. .
“Gordon’s criteria and benchmarks for the T.50 engine was one of the most difficult engine files we’ve ever undertaken,” he said. “It pushes the boundaries in all directions and it is a real pleasure for everyone at Cosworth to be a part of what will surely become such a legendary vehicle as Gordon’s McLaren F1 before it.”