Built Different: the Gordon Murray T.50

The who's who of classic motorsport flocked together at the Members Meeting at Goodwood this weekend. Joining them was the future of the super sports car, inspired by the past. In short: the Gordon Murray T.50. And yes, it sounds even better than it looks.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Goodwood Road & Racing

»I've been building high-performance cars all my life, and unfortunately their time is pretty much up,« star designer Gordon Murray once said around 2008. And it was that same Gordon Murray, already responsible for the legendary McLaren F1 and numerous world champion cars in Formula 1, who proved himself wrong a good 13 years later. In Goodwood, at the 78th Members Meeting. And he did so with a lot of fanfare surrounding the world premiere of his T.50, an uncompromising and very special super sports car. Simply put, it is: Built different. Above all, thanks to an ultra-modern, high-revving four-liter V12 that produces 650 hp, a carbon chassis that weighs just 980 kilograms when fully assembled - and most importantly, a fan at the rear.

The latter is inspired by the Brabham BT46B, which was once banned in Formula 1 - it not only sucks the T.50 onto the road, but also into our minds. Together with the sound of the V12, of course, which can confidently be considered the last hurrah of the internal combustion engine - which the video from Goodwood proves quite well. The driver's position in this projectile? Centered, as was once the case with the McLaren F1, and thus free of any distraction next to you. The passengers, if at all, ride offset behind you.

»We expect it to be the last and greatest 'analog' supercar ever built«

Gordon Murray

The best thing about the small and agile bolide - besides the vacuum cleaner in the rear? It has a manual transmission. The focus is purely on driving pleasure; great performance data is nice, but it is not in pole position. That was just what Gordon Murray had in mind: »We are not interested in simply chasing numbers, and never will be.« Which, then again, in this day and age, equates to a memorable milestone: »We expect it to be the last and greatest 'analog' supercar ever built«.

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50
Engine: V12 naturally aspirated
Displacement: 3.994 ccm
Power: 650 hp
Torque: 450Nm
0–100 km/h: not specified

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