Friday, September 24, 2021
News Gordon Murray And Racing Point Formula One Create the T.50 Supercar

Gordon Murray And Racing Point Formula One Create the T.50 Supercar

Gordon Murray Automotive and Racing Point Formula One team partner up to create the most advanced aerodynamics ever on the T.50 supercar.

  • This car is more about aerodynamics than power, despite having 700-horsepower.

  • The T.50 displays ground-effect “fan car” innovations for the most advanced aerodynamics ever.

  • There are six aero modes for maximum outright performance.

  • Deliveries begin in January of 2022 and will be priced in excess of £2 million.

  • Only 100 units of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 will be built.


If there ever was a better example of form meeting function, we’ve never seen or heard of it. Gordon Murray’s T.50 is not only looking exquisite but its body is completely aerodynamic right down to the unusual 400mm ground-effect fan located in the upper central portion of the T.50’s rear.

The car’s flowing lines are a result of Racing Point Formula One Team’s advanced rolling-road wind tunnel at its Silverstone (UK) headquarters and a team of highly-experienced engineers as well as Murray’s impossibly talented design skills, as part of Gordon Murray Design.

Professor Gordon Murray says that the driver-focused, three-seater new model will have the most advanced and most effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car. The T.50 has a unique airflow management system which is coupled with active underbody aerodynamics and rear aerofoils. Many will remember the 1978 Brabham BT46B F1 racing car which was designed by Murray. Professor Murray adds that: “The system on the T.50 is much more sophisticated than the Brabham’s and will benefit enormously from Racing Point’s expertise and resources.”

The fan, which controls underbody and over-body airflow, and a series of air ducts are inspired by a conventional ground effect system, has multiple benefits. From enhancing engine cooling, boosting downforce, and maximizing efficiency, nearly all components and overall performance benefit from this advanced technology.

Powering the car is a bespoke 650-horsepower Cosworth V12 which revs to a staggering 12,100 rpm! The T.50 will weigh only 980kg, be rear-wheel drive, feature a 48-volt integrated starter-generator and, get this, a 6-speed manual transmission!

The first time we’ll get to see the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 for real will be in May. We very much look forward to it.

Finally, the T.50’s technical specification are worthy of being copy-pasted here:

Configuration

  • Supercar with GT capability
  • Coupé – central driving position

Dimensions

  • Length: 4,349 mm
  • Width: 1,850 mm
  • Height: 1,152 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,700 mm
  • Front track: 1,586 mm
  • Rear track: 1,525 mm
  • Weight: 980 kg
Chassis / Body
  • Full carbon fibre pre-preg monocoque, carbon fibre body

Engine

  • Type / number: Cosworth GMA
  • Configuration: V12 semi-structural
  • angle: 65°
  • Displacement: 3,994 cc
  • Valvetrain: Double overhead camshafts / variable valve timing / 4 valves per cylinder
  • Lubrication system: Dry sump
  • Maximum power: 650 hp
  • Maximum torque: 450 Nm
  • Maximum rpm: 12,100 rpm
  • Starter: 48-volt integrated starter
  • Alternator: 48-volt ISG (integrated starter-generator)

Transmission

  • Configuration: Transverse all synchro constant mesh
  • Speeds: 6 forward and reverse
  • Gear selection: Manual with reverse lockout

Suspension

  • Front: Double wishbone with anti-roll bar
  • Rear: Double wishbone – included axis GSP system

Steering

  • TypeRack and pinion with LSPA

Aerodynamics

  • Full ground-effect with fan-assisted boundary-layer control
  • 6 aero modes

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 – Gordon Murray Automotive

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 – Gordon Murray Automotive

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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