Gordon Murray Is Making A Manual V12 McLaren F1 Successor

The legendary F1 designer is building a follow-up to his seminal supercar for his Gordon Murray Automotive brand, and it'll weigh less than a tonne
Gordon Murray Is Making A Manual V12 McLaren F1 Successor

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the petrol era of the motor car is definitely going out with a bang. Amidst the rise of electrification there’s a dizzying array of new ICE sports cars on the way, and at the other end of the spectrum, more and more hyper-expensive, enormously powerful hypercars are coming through the woodwork.

And the best one yet has just been announced. It comes from Gordon Murray Automotive, and it’s called the T.50. Designed by Murray “to the same exacting engineering standards as the driver-focused McLaren F1,” it’s very much a successor to his three-seater supercar. Even down to the layout: it’ll have a central driving position with two passenger seats set slightly further back.

The more you read of the press release, the better it gets. Let’s kick off with the mid-mounted powerplant: it’s a Cosworth-developed, 3.9-litre naturally-aspirated V12 which produces 650bhp and revs to an obscene 12,100rpm. That’s a higher ceiling than the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s 12-banger - another Cosworth design - and although it’s considerably less powerful, it won’t have as much car to punt along - the carbon-tubbed T.50 is to weigh just 980kg.

With a three-seater position and a V12, the T.50 is very much a successor to the McLaren F1
With a three-seater position and a V12, the T.50 is very much a successor…

That engine sends its power to the rear wheels exclusively via a six-speed manual gearbox. That’s a big clue as to this car’s main focus. “I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration,” Murray says, adding, “Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built – but, rest assured, it will be quick.”

The T.50 will also feature ground effect aerodynamics, thanks to “intelligent management of underbody airflow” and ruddy great fan which literally sucks the car to the floor. Yep, Murray is resurrecting the controversial aero element of his Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’, a vehicle banned from F1 after just one race despite the team claiming at the time that the fan bit was just for cooling.

Gordon Murray Is Making A Manual V12 McLaren F1 Successor

This tremendous list of ingredients all fits into a car that’s just 4380mm long and 1850mm wide - about the same length as a Porsche 718 Cayman and only slightly wider. It is, inevitably, going to be very expensive - the pre-tax price is £2 million.

Gordon Murray Automotive will make 100, which we don’t foresee being terribly difficult to shift. First deliveries will happen in 2022.


Zubayer Rezoan

Under which brand?

06/05/2019 - 08:44 |
16 | 0

Probably under his own company Gordon Murray Design, he no longer works for McLaren.

06/05/2019 - 08:52 |
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Joshua Khan

V12, Manual and under a ton says it all. 👍👌🔥🎉

06/05/2019 - 09:42 |
64 | 0

N/A V12, with 12000rpm redline and a manual? in 2019?

its a Keyboard warriors wet dream!

06/05/2019 - 09:54 |
168 | 2

I wonder if people can handle all that. I mean, we got some crashes with the McLaren F1, and this would be twice, no, three times faster than that

06/05/2019 - 10:36 |
8 | 0

It’s only 650hp - similar to the F1’s power output. It’s lighter so it will be a little quicker, but probably not vastly.

06/06/2019 - 07:13 |
4 | 0

It’ll be much safer than the f1. Manufacturers can’t get away with making road cars without airbags or ABS anymore and the same can be said for TC.

06/06/2019 - 14:04 |
6 | 0

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! Finally some good news :D

06/05/2019 - 10:42 |
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Robert Gracie

12,100rpm is he trying to antagonize Aston Martin to come up with an engine to rev to 12,200rpm? is this the RPM wars?

06/05/2019 - 12:37 |
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Rahul 1

This is more of the great news we need!!!

06/05/2019 - 13:50 |
4 | 0

A road going fan car. You had me sold at that Murray.

06/05/2019 - 16:03 |
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White Comet

The last avenger (ICE) before Thanos (EVs) snap his finger.
F*cking epic!!!!!

06/05/2019 - 19:34 |
4 | 2

Say goodbye to HP wars and hello to RPM AND WEIGHT wars

06/05/2019 - 19:57 |
16 | 0



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