Gordon Murray’s “Modern McLaren F1” To Have 650-700 HP, Six-Speed Manual

In 2022, Gordon Murray will launch the spiritual successor to the iconic McLaren F1, which he masterminded back in the 1990s.

The new supercar, dubbed T.50, will be manufactured by Gordon Murray Automotive and is being touted as the “purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever built.”

Powering the T.50 will be a naturally-aspirated 3.9-liter V12 developed and built by Cosworth with 650 HP and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque, which will rev to a stratospheric 12,100 rpm. While those figures aren’t extraordinary in the modern world of supercars and hypercars, Murray notes that maximum power is, in reality, closer to 700 HP thanks to the ram-air effect provided by the large roof scoop.

Coupled to the engine will be a lightweight six-speed manual transmission currently being developed by Xtrac. Power will be sent to the rear wheels and braking will be provided by lightweight monobloc alloy calipers and carbon ceramic discs.

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Underpinning the T.50 will be a carbon fiber monocoque and all of the exterior body panels will be made from carbon, toom resulting in an extraordinarily low weight of just 2,160 lbs (980 kg), while the car’s footprint will be smaller than a Porsche 911’s.

“Just as with the F1, we have no specific targets for acceleration, top speed or lap times,” Murray said. “The F1 was fast because it was light and relatively small. The T.50 will deliver performance and dynamic characteristics simply out of reach for other supercars not least because of its low weight. Once again, I have focused on the complete driving experience, not horsepower or top speed.”

Much like the F1, the T.50 will be a three-seater with the driver sitting in a central position. The car has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and, according to Murray, will be capable of GT-style cruising and offer superb packaging and luggage space.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect owill be the use of an electronically-controlled 400 mm ground-effect fan to suck the car into the tarmac. Murray pioneered this technology with the Brabham BT46B Formula One ‘Fan Car’ back in 1978 that was so ahead of the competition it was withdrawn from racing after just one race, the Swedish Grand Prix, which the late Niki Lauda won with spectacular ease.

Production of the T.50 will be capped at just 100 units worldwide, with prices starting at over £2 million ($2.5 million).

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    • exeptor

      It is the actual fan. Not sure how it will be implemented, but from this perspective I doubt that it will look particularly beautiful (especially from the back of the car).

      • CBV2020

        I promise you, if they choose to highlight its presence people will fan over this…fan, no pun intended. Wait and see.

        • Knotmyrealname

          This could be great! I’m a fan!!!

    • Knotmyrealname

      No, but there are arrows that suggest an aerodynamic feature at the rear of the car, as there is air being channeled from above and below to exit at that point. Whether it’s an integrated aerofoil, I’m not sure, but it does have some intention.

    • Ben

      Those aren’t fans, but pancake turbine jet engines McLaren has built by the small alien life forms in their laboratory. They’re nice little creatures, Enzel and T’emol. That explains why McLaren vehicles have been on such a tear of the established hierarchy.

    • Thando_Gqabaza

      Didn’t one of Gordons race cars from the 80s have fans at the back to aid downforce ?

  • Six_Tymes

    awesome. cant wait for this, this is exciting

  • Julien Lachemoi

    Me gusta.

  • Owen Hamilton

    Is there honestly any chance of this happening? The T25 and T27 have disappeared without a trace.

  • Nobody

    With 3 seats in front it will be nearly impossible to pass US safety requirements.

    • Ben

      Not an expert, but can’t they skirt around that if they only sell a certain amount? Its not like the F1 would sell like a Civic or even a Huracan for that matter. Very limited production.

    • Why? (serious question)

      • Nobody

        US safety regs…Jay Leno spoke of it on his show on how the F1 wouldn’t be able to pass anymore even with airbags.

  • Shahul Usman

    looks cool, always worry about these small company supercars.. for every pagani, there are comapnies that fall by the wayside.. but Murray is a big name, Brabham making a car also.. nice to see people trying to do NA supercars.. getting tired of crazy tech.. just want light, NA fast response and manual.. but since I dont have 2 mill, I just want soemone to make a modern lotus exige for under $75k

  • Porkopolis

    This is refreshing considering we’re quickly reaching peak automotive performance. Simplify.

  • Knarck

    I hope the exterior will be equally exciting

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This excites me.

  • Vassilis

    Hooolyyy shiiiit

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