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Gordon Murray New T.50S is a 725-HP Supercar Built to Deliver the Purest Driving Experience, Yet

No other vehicle measures up to the definition of a ‘super car’ like the 1992-1998 McLaren F1. The man who developed the McLaren F1 is Gordon Murray, and in 2020 he unveiled the F1's predecessor. It is named the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50, a rare case of the sequel being better than the original.

The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 is an outrageously engineered supercar that balances old-school driving lust with innovative technology to create a vehicle that can make hair stand on end just by looking at it. The GMA T.50 specs reads like an automotive wishlist for Santa Claus.

Power comes from a naturally aspirated, Cosworth developed, 4.0-liter V12 making 654 horsepower and 344 lb.-ft of torque. Like the McLaren F1, the T.50 uses a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with a central driving position – with room for two additional passengers on either side.

The GMA T.50 is a testament to automotive engineering. The V12 engine uses no turbos or superchargers and redlines at 12,100 rpm, making it the highest-revving engine ever fitted to a production car. Yet, the T.50 keeps it old school with a traditional six-speed manual transmission.

New tech is on display in the back with what looks like a giant fan peeking out of the rear end. At speed, the electric-powered fan turns to generate an incredible 3,330 pounds (about half the weight of an elephant) of downforce and apply it to a supercar that only weighs 2,200 lbs. In basic terms, the fan works to weld the T.50 to the road and deliver neck-snapping handling in the turns.

GMA T.50S Niki Lauda

Gordon Murray Automotive announced that it would only produce100 examples of the T.50, and each one will fetch a price tag of over $2 million. Of these 100 models, 25 will be a purpose-built, not street-legal, track-spec variant of the T.50 called the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50S Niki Lauda.

The T.50S Niki Lauda is lighter and more powerful with its 4.0-liter V12 dialed up to 725 hp and cuts its curb weight to 1,878 pounds. Once on a track, the rear fan will engage the moment the car drives over 50 mph. Like a race car, the T.50S Niki Lauda is fully adjustable to suit track conditions. The T.50S Niki Lauda will set collectors back a cool $4.3 million before tax, making this supercar a fantasy to most and the holy grail to a select few.

GMA is Already Planning the Next Supercar

Latest news from Gordon Murray Automotive is that a follow-up supercar to the T.50S is already in development. As of 2021, the T.50S is not (technically) in production since it does not start until 2022. Yet, the important detail is GMA is not giving up on the V12 engine. Many other auto manufacturers have announced a transition into an all-electric future, but GMA is holding the line. While it does plan to develop hybrid and electric technology, Gordon Murray Automotive vows to keep using V12 engines for as long as it is legally possible.

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