Gordon Murray’s Affordable Sports Car Will Have A 215 HP Ford Engine

Gordon Murray isn’t just working on a successor to the iconic McLaren F1, but he is also developing a more affordable sports car similar in philosophy to the Lotus Elise.

Murray has been working on the vehicle through his IMG car brand for quite some time and recently provided Road & Track with some additional details about the car during an interview at the Geneva Motor Show.

Murray’s entry-level sports car will use the iStream Superlight platform that combines an aluminum tube frame with recycled carbon fiber honeycomb chassis panels. This means that the sports car, currently codenamed T.43, will be very light. In fact, Murray says it will weigh less than 1873 lbs (950 kg). The T.43 is also being designed to be small and will be roughly 13 feet long and about 5.5 feet wide.

As for power, IMG will fit the sports car with a Ford-sourced turbocharged three-cylinder pumping out 215 hp. That may not sound like much but, according to Murray, the T.43’s lack of weight will give it a power-to-weight ratio to rival the outgoing Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The T.43 will act as an alternative to the Alpine A110 which, at 2314 lbs (1049 kg), is a bit heavier. Pricing for the A110 starts at £47,000 ($61,000) in the UK but Murray is targeting a base price for the T.43 of less than £40,000 ($52,000).

Unlike the company’s McLaren F1 spiritual successor, which will only come to the United States on a Show & Display exemption, Murray intends on selling the smaller sports car Stateside and says it will meet all federal safety and emissions standards.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Please give the car a proper engine. 3 cylinders & light weight is “sporty”, but does NOT- a sport car make.

    • khc

      The legendary Mr. Murray obviously lacks your knowledge of sports cars.

    • Sovereignty

      Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “simplify, then add lightness” means that a small engine would be ideal for such a project. Adding an overly-heavy engine could ruin the car. Mr. Murray is no novice. His history of F1 involvement shows that. I happen to think a three-cylinder pumping out 215 hp would be more than adequate.

      • Bo Hanan

        I knew there would be “1” joker who would say what you did-
        I prefer light weight to power balance too. But a 3 cylinder is a joke. Read BMW i8, which is a joke. It has no competition. And not in a good way. No one is buying it.MAC will likely make it work. But I hope with a 4.

        • Sovereignty

          I try my best. The i8 doesn’t work because it’s linked up to a battery pack. Nobody wants a Prius supercar. Murray’s affordable sports car will be like what the Elise was when it was first launched.

          • Bo Hanan

            The Tesla S is a Prius supercar.

          • Sovereignty

            Prius has an internal combustion engine. The Tesla doesn’t.

  • Kebbie Prime

    Hopefully has a CVT too!

    • Mr. EP9

      No.

  • Ben

    Sadly will end up like the Alfa Romeo 4C.

  • Jerry Hightower

    I love it when people say affordable. Yeh, it’s affordable if you can afford it!

    • ksegg

      lol……

      The ultra rich most likely doesn’t even know what the word “affordable” even means.

      To them, things are just “oh yeah I just got that” to “why don’t I have that yet, get me that right now.”

  • Six_Tymes

    very interesting. I hope he and his engineers pull this off, and finish within the next 1-2 years.

  • Just rebadge this and sell it as a McLaren for double the price. Easy money.

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