Last year, legendary Formula 1 designer and creative lead behind the iconic McLaren F1 road car – Gordon Murray – revealed his latest (and possibly final) analogue naturally-aspirated supercar: the GMA T.50. This week, the 74-year-old has finally taken the prototype of his long-awaited high-performance baby for a spin at the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold, Surrey – and just metres away from where the T.50 will begin full production in 2022.
“The car was responsive, agile, and rewarding to drive,” notes Murray, shortly after bringing the Experimental Prototype 2’s (XP2) engine to just 3,000RMP due to the artificial limiter in place. The final product will, however, deliver a staggering 12,100RPM.
“It was a fantastic experience to be sitting in the centre of the car once again with great all-round visibility, and I can see how much the owners will enjoy this experience.”
“You can tell when a car’s going to be good, you know it just feels so good already.”
Many have already hailed the GMA T.50 as the McLaren F1’s natural successor. As we’ve previously noted, this new carbon fibre three-seater is ultra-light at just 956kg, damn powerful, and just devastatingly gorgeous.
The T.50 is a manual in the purest sense. No semi-automatic gearboxes, hybrid engineering, or any other additional electronics – just a clutch pedal and H-pattern gearshift. Housing a beastly 3.9-litre Cosworth-built V12 engine, it’s capable of 654 horsepower and 466Nm of torque.
“From the first touch of the titanium throttle pedal to the V12 screaming at 12,100 RPM, the driver experience will surpass any supercar ever built,” Murray has stated via press release.
“No other road car can deliver the package of power, instant responsiveness, and driver feedback in such a direct and focused way while remaining comfortable, refined, and usable every day.”
Limited to just 100 examples, the T.50 by Gordon Murray will be priced at $4.33 million (first deliveries scheduled for 2022) – check out the gallery below.