Say Hello To The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: A £2.36m McLaren F1 Successor

The GMA T.50 has finally been revealed in full, showing a clean-looking supercar with a 12,100rpm-capable V12 at its heart
Say Hello To The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: A £2.36m McLaren F1 Successor

Gordon Murray isn’t awfully keen on modern supercars. He thinks they’re too heavy, too reliant on electronics, and simply aren’t engaging enough. Rather than sit on the sidelines any more, though, he’s decided to do what arguably no one else has managed - make something that improves upon his legendary McLaren F1.

The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 may have nothing to do with McLaren in its modern road car-making form, but make no mistake, this is effectively the second-generation version of it. Its carbon fibre body even looks a little like the original, with cleans and very deliberate avoidance of “unsightly vents, ducts, or flaps”.

Say Hello To The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: A £2.36m McLaren F1 Successor

Instead, the T.50 relies on the ground effect, with under-body aerodynamics aided by a 400mm diameter fan at the back of the car. It’s inspired by Murray’s infamous Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ and a system that used two small fans in the F1. The setup is much more complex here, though. It’s powered by a 48-volt subsystem and has six modes - Auto, High downforce, Streamline, Braking, Test and V-Max Boost.

The T.50 is a compact thing, with similar dimensions to a Porsche Cayman. It’s far lighter than one of those and considerably less bulky than even the lithest of supercars, though, tipping the scales at 986kg. Along with the obvious stuff like the carbon monocoque - which weighs a total of 150kg including the body panels - the weight-saving obsession when right down to things like the choice of bolts and the use of thinner glass for the windscreen.

Say Hello To The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: A £2.36m McLaren F1 Successor

In the T.50’s small body lies a 3.9-litre Cosworth-built, naturally-aspirated V12, which is a semi-stressed member of the chassis. It’s good for 654bhp at 11,500rpm, topping out at an unprecedented 12,100rpm. More than enough power for something so light, but for brief periods, the 48-volt starter-generator can briefly raise that figure to 690.

No performance figures have been given at this stage, and Murray insists there were no specific acceleration, top speed or power figures targeted by the project. Instead, the T.50 is supposed to be about driver engagement first and foremost, which is why that V12 isn’t hooked up to some fancy twin-clutch gearbox. Nope - this using a six-speed H-pattern manual developed by Xtrac.

Say Hello To The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: A £2.36m McLaren F1 Successor

The T.50 dials back the power assistance for the steering, which only comes into play at low speeds. On suspension duties meanwhile, we have forged aluminium double wishbones front and rear, working with inboard-mounted pushrod dampers. Rather than using some super-exotic, highly bespoke rubber, the T.50 opts for off-the-shelf Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres measuring 235/35/19 at the front and 295/30/20 at the rear.

As if the McLaren F1 echoes weren’t already strong enough, the T.50 has dihedral doors, the lifting of which reveals a three-seater cabin just like the original. The occupants sit in a fighter jet-style glass canopy, with the driver facing a physical rev counter flanked by display screens. Just underneath, you might spot the pedals, which are each milled from a solid block of aluminium and laser etched with the car’s name. The stop/start button is under something brilliantly referred to as a “‘missile switch’ cover”.

Say Hello To The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50: A £2.36m McLaren F1 Successor

If all that sounds jolly expensive, that’s because the GMA T.50 is. You’re looking at £2.36 million. Plus taxes. Considering there won’t be a car like this ever again, though, we can’t imagine Murray’s new outfit having much trouble shifting all 100 examples.


Robert Gracie

This cars engine has a response of 28,400 revs per second?! what is this madness….the old McLaren F1 had a response of 10,000 revs per second how in the heck did they make it 2.84 times faster to respond….that’s on the Lexus LFA end of the spectrum, idle to 12,100 rpm in 0.3 seconds so its way faster than that….this is a proper drivers car!

08/04/2020 - 16:55 |
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Ali Mahfooz

This car will go down in automotive history as one of the greatest cars of all time. A car that is both driver focused yet easy to live with and ticks all the boxes of what a driver’s car should be. Plus this car will be a reminder for all car makers where they’re going wrong and where they need to get themselves right.

08/04/2020 - 17:34 |
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I doubt this car will change anything. Driving enjoyment oriented hypercar is a small niche. I can see a lot of people going for way faster cars with DCTs, because let’s face it, they buy them to flex the stats at their local car meeting point, which is in a middle of Beverly Hills/Dubai where they have to drive in a stop and go traffic at 30 kph.

McLarens, Lambos, Audis and Porsches will have to stay DCT and performance / comfort oriented to sell as many units as they do, so both spectrums supercar and hypercar don’t really need, or should become manual cars with low weight, if they want to appeal to their buyers.

08/04/2020 - 17:43 |
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Tomislav Celić

I’ve read somewhere he wanted the original F1 to be like this, but technology of the time didn’t allow it.

I bet it will be great to drive.

08/04/2020 - 17:39 |
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its going to be wild to drive, I cant wait for a game to have it in there and where you can drive it!

08/04/2020 - 18:12 |
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That’s a damn fine automobile, but we need something that is a tenth of the fun at a hundreth of the price that people can actually afford and enjoy…

08/04/2020 - 18:06 |
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It’s awesome.

08/04/2020 - 18:24 |
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Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

I already know how it’s going to end: at best, about half will be driven at all and maybe a dozen in that will really be driven, and the remaining half will get stored with delivery miles to be sold for 10 millions in fifteen years; at worst, maybe fifteen/twenty will get driven and the remaining cars will get stored with delivery miles to be sold for 10 millions in fifteen years.

Only releasing 100 cars with such an exclusive engine and a manual gearbox (and the tech with it) at such a high price will simply kill the plans Murray had for that car, and it will end up being either a display for rich people, either an investment for rich investors. A cheaper one wouldn’t really work much either because it would battle other supercars and virtually nobody would buy a car from such an unknown brand with no prestige to outsiders, and an even cheaper one wouldn’t work much either because Murray’s brand doesn’t have the capacity to make that kind of car yet and it wouldn’t sell either: sports cars do not sell anymore.

08/04/2020 - 18:40 |
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Tenacious Siege

No one gonna mention how the front end looks exactly like a MK3 MR2

08/10/2020 - 15:17 |
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