Gordon Murray's follow-up to the McLaren F1 will change everything

The man behind the iconic Mc Laren F1 is back with a new T.50 supercar

GMA has partnered with an unnamed F1 team to develop the technology in a wind tunnel.

The auto will cost 2 million pounds ($2.54 million) before taxes and arrive 30 years after the launch of iconic McLaren F1 supercar, which Murray also engineered.

But blowing nearly everything else away is what the T.50 will probably do.

Such outputs might seem a little low in comparison to the 1103kW Bugatti Chiron or 1177kW Koenigsegg Jesko, but Murray says "I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration".

The T.50 supercar will weigh just 980kg - around a third lighter than the average supercar - making it, by far, the lightest supercar ever. The rear suspension mounts directly onto the aluminium gearbox housing and the front suspension's mountings are bonded, in race style, into the carbon-fibre chassis structure. The unit will be capable of 12,100rpm and 650hp to deliver incredible power-to-weight.

Those figures nearly look conservative in an age of four-digit horsepower supercars.

That would surely be a pretty emotional experience with a CVT, but the T.50 is slated to use an Xtrac-developed six-speed manual.

We look forward to being able to tell you more. The new model will feature intelligent under-body active aerodynamics, which employs continuous, dynamic and interactive underbody ground-effect systems to optimise the driving experience. The McLaren F1 remember was developed exclusively as a road auto, only later becoming the Le Mans-winning GTR.

The T.50's most eye-catching feature is its 400mm-diameter, electrically driven fan, which creates downforce under the vehicle to increase stability and cornering power, literally sucking it onto the road.

With all of the car's intelligent aerodynamic sophistication housed beneath the auto, the upper surfaces are free from unsightly wings, outlets, vents and bulges, safeguarding the purity and beauty of the exterior design. It'll be an unexpectedly compact supercar, too: a smaller footprint than a Porsche 911, in fact. "The F1 turned out to be quick", he said, "and T.50 will be quicker".

The sketch shows an arrowhead seating layout with the central driver's seat flanked by two set-back passenger seats, as pioneered by the F1 and latterly resurrected for the McLaren Speedtail. Murray won't give any performance figures, because - like the McLaren F1 - that's not the point of the vehicle. Seating for three and a reasonable amount of luggage space will be part of how it will "set new standards for supercar packaging".

Indeed, there's no plan to take the T.50 racing, unlike the award-winning F1.

Murray said much of the T.50's design is completed, with major masses now frozen into place.

"The T.50 has exactly the same focus and betters the F1 in every area. Also, driver-selectable engine maps ensure a driving mode to suit every situation", concludes Murray.

Deliveries are expected to commence in early 2022, close to 30 years on from when Murray was deep into the development process of the F1.

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