Gordon Murray's next supercar will be a more accessible V12
A two-seat, twelve-cylinder supercar using iStream tech follows T50 and T50S. And maybe even a family car after that...
Would you – like us – love a Gordon Murray V12 supercar but don't have a slot on the T50 waiting list or the £3m to fund it? We bring glad tidings. Murray has told us a bit about his next project. It will be more accessible. Well, a bit.
"The T50 will always remain a halo car - we poured everything into that. We're not going to do another," Murray tells TopGear.com. But he plans that his company, Gordon Murray Automotive, will continue building other V12 road cars as long as combustion engines are legal.
All 100 of the limited-edition T50 road cars have been sold, and they will be built next year. Then his company will make the 25-off limited series of T50S Niki Lauda versions in 2023.
And after that? "The next car will have a different version of the V12, with different materials, and a different version of the gearbox. We will keep the manual of course, but also offer it with an automatic gearbox, some sort of paddle-shift."
Those changes will reduce cost, and improve usability, even if they'll likely pare back on the extraordinary 12,000rpm red-line.
The other significant difference will be the main structure. No more three-seat layout with central driver. "It will be a two seater."
The T50 will always remain a halo car - we poured everything into that
The T50 has an expensive race-type carbonfibre tub. Not the next car. "It's a completely different architecture." It will be made of the stuff Murray pioneered in the stillborn TVR prototype. "It uses as its basis the carbon fibre iStream technology," he said.
Whether it uses his mind-scrambling fan-assisted aero, Murray doesn't say.
But it is still far from a mass-production machine, as it will be built in his own small-scale factory rather than elsewhere. "So although it's not another T50, it still sticks to all our principles of light weight and engineering art and exclusivity."
But Murray isn't fixated on V12s. Over the next five years, his companies will invest £300 million in a new headquarters for research and design. Part of that will be a division specifically to design and engineer EVs.
He tells me he already has an affordable family car in mind. Unsurprisingly he has re-thought the packaging, and believes it's better to keep the occupants seated relatively low, rather than on top of a slab-shaped battery as is becoming the orthodoxy.