Close

    • Spiritual McLaren F1 successor? Gordon Murray designing T.50 supercar with naturally aspirated V12 and manual transmission

      The McLaren F1 is revered and to this day no true successor exists. McLaren toys around with the idea but Gordon Murray tends to get the credit for the original McLaren F1. He was the designer and chief engineer after all and the car reflected his vision.


      Gordon Murray is obsessed with lightweight parts and the response of naturally aspirated motors. He also is a big fan of driver interaction hence the manual transmission. The manual of course also is light and does not need complex cooling or computer software.

      BoostAddict respects his style and vision of what a supercar should be. The T.50 may then be the true McLaren F1 successor as it has a lot in common with the original F1.

      Naturally aspirated V12? Check. Manual transmission? Check. Three seat layout? Check. Lightweight carbon boy? Check. Huge price tag? Check.

      Will he pull this off? Who knows. With an expected price tag of over 2.5 million pounds this is a car for a select few. Does Goron Murray's name still hold the esteem it once did? Is it a big enough name to command a price point of almost three million dollars for a car not incorporating modern technology?

      A curb weight of 2160 pounds with a 3.9 liter 650 horsepower naturally aspirated V12 does sound like fun and something different in this forced induction era. Hopefully, he pulls it off.

      GORDON MURRAY T.50 SPECIFICATION

      Configuration Two doors, three seats, rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
      Engine 3.9-litre Cosworth-GMA V12 naturally-aspirated
      Maximum horespower 650hp
      Maximum torque 463Nm
      Maximum engine rpm 12,100rpm
      Transmission Six-speed
      Weight 980kg
      Length 4380mm
      Width 1850mm
      Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
      Suspension Double-wishbone front and rear
      Aerodynamics Active ground-effect, wide diffuser and fan-assisted underbody airflow

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Spiritual McLaren F1 successor? Gordon Murray designing T.50 supercar with naturally aspirated V12 and manual transmission started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 3 Comments
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        12,100 rpm Click here to enlarge

        If they can pull those specs off it will outrun nearly anything in production. Math says 150mph traps...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
        12,100 rpm Click here to enlarge

        If they can pull those specs off it will outrun nearly anything in production. Math says 150mph traps...
        Definitely will be something special.

        It better be for that money...
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Does Goron Murray's name still hold the esteem it once did?
        Maybe not with the nouveau riche, but with old money certainly.