It’s amazing to see how much trouble Gordon Murray has taken making his new T50 into a daily driver. He has refined the carbonfibre tub to make sliding into the central seat much easier.
There’s an easier new way of loading the luggage compartments, too. And the body’s frontal features are designed so that a ‘nose lift’ mechanism, familiar in McLarens and Porsches, isn’t needed. The aim, he says, is that if you’re rich enough and want just one supercar, the T50 will be the logical choice.
The truth is different. The demand for cars as exclusive and pricey as the new Murray (or should that be GMA?) T50 is driven by an odd combination of trust and taste for investment. During our interview, the designer remarked that half of the 100 T50s his company will build were reserved when prospective buyers could see nothing more than a single ballpoint-pen sketch of the finished car. That’s trust.
Another tranche were former McLaren F1 owners who hadn’t owned their cars long enough, thus missing the rare joy of converting a £650,000 investment into £5 million or more.
Not that I’m saying Murray’s painstakingly practical features are wasted; they give T50 its character. It’s just that we won’t see many sitting in traffic on our way to work.