4 August 2020
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Think of the Gordon Murray Automotive T50 as the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1. Designed by Gordon Murray - creator of the F1, designer of championship-winning F1 cars for Brabham and McLaren - the T50 is a new analogue supercar.

Its construction is carbonfibre. It has three seats, with the driver's seat in the middle. Behind that is a 654bhp 3.9-litre V12. There is no 0-60mph time or top speed quoted as yet, because that emphatically isn't what this car is about, Murray tells Autocar, here. 

Instead, he says, it's about the driving experience: which is why it weighs just 986kg, why Cosworth has co-operated on a brand new naturally aspirated engine and why it drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

The T50 will cost £2.36m plus taxes when it goes into full production at the start of 2022. Murray tells us all about this car, how it's constructed, and how some of its performance comes from a fan situated at the back of the car...

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6 August 2020

Considering the truly bespoke nature of this car, I agree that £2.36 million plus taxes is a bargain. Why? Because the development costs are going to be north of £60 million, plus, in twenty years time, these will change hands for at least 10 times that, and maybe more, if fewer than 90 of them survive. Only building 100 guarantees exclusivity, but also means that the development, build and warranty costs have to be borne by that same limited number.

6 August 2020

Bless him, Gordon seemed a bit tired, no doubt due to a full day answering the same questions. But the car looks amazing. One thing the video picks up is how the chassis narrows ahead of the cabin between the front wheels, like the Valkyrie. 

8 August 2020

But if they are to be maximised as an investment, mileage must be kept as close to zero as possible, so warranty claims are unlikely, and the car will rarely get driven and enjoyed. Kind of sad, really. If you look at Bugatti Veyrons on Autotrader, it's the same story. Most have less than a few thousand miles, even after 14 years.

These kind of supercars are like an investment in an expensive art collection.

7 August 2020

Totally pointless, ridiculously expensive, destined to be seldom-driven collectors' cars, low enough to get wedged under a truck.

I love it.

But I'll stick to my Mercedes CL600 and Bentley Flying Spur, and dream of winning the lottery.

Poor me.

 

7 August 2020

I've been looking for something to drive home from the circuit after blasting my Vulcan around all day. This might just do the trick.

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