Here’s how Gordon Murray’s V12 T50 supercar might look*
*According to TG, anyway. What do you make of our unofficial renders?
This isn’t Gordon Murray’s new T50 supercar, but it’s a good – if unofficial – look at how the fabled McLaren F1 designer’s newest creation might just turn out.
TG enlisted the help of chief renderiser person Andrei Avarvari to put some meat on the bones of the original, official sketch we saw only last month (see below). The results, as you can see, reveal something quite special indeed.
“The new car is 30mm wider than the F1 and 18mm longer,” Murray told TG, “but it’s got more luggage space. We have got 50 per cent easier ingress and egress than the F1 too, thanks to lower structures either side of the driver, instead of those high carbon-fibre rails.
“I don’t like cars getting bigger, I don’t like no luggage space and I don’t like the styling that looks like it’s been done for a lap time.
“It’s about purity and dynamics,” he added.
So that’s the design bit then. You of course, will have your own unique opinion on the looks, but the hardware’s solid. There’s a 3.9-litre naturally-aspirated V12 designed and built by Cosworth, producing 650bhp. Murray reckons the roof-scoop ram-air effect should boost that still to 700bhp at speed.
And in even better news, that nat-asp V12 revs to 12,100rpm. There’s no flywheel; instead a ‘plate to react to the clutch loads’. Plus a manual six-speed gearbox. Plus rear-wheel-drive. Speaking of the rear, you’ll have spotted the fan at the back. It’s 400mm in diameter, interacting with the top surface of the car and operated by a 48v electrical system, not engine power.
The whole car will also weigh less than a tonne, be able to seat three people and – as mentioned – their luggage, and cost £2.5m, with just 100 cars planned.
Now you can get excited.
Pictures: Andrei Avarvari for Top Gear
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