T.50 hypercar planned; V12 with 12,100rpm redline

June 6, 2019

Always wanted to buy an original McLaren F1? Well, Gordon Murray, the man responsible for the F1, is planning a new hypercar called the T.50. And on paper, the initial stats look very impressive. Even more impressive than the F1.

The plan is to make a modern interpretation of the McLaren F1, and that includes the iconic three-seat cabin configuration with a central driving position. As you can see by this teaser image showing the side profile, it will be a very low-slung car with a mid-mounted engine.

Speaking of which, Gordon Murray Automotive is planning to build a bespoke 4.0-litre (3980cc) naturally aspirated V12 for the T.50, producing 485kW and just 450Nm. The torque figure gives you some idea of the engine style; this will be a rev machine, capable of hitting a ridiculous 12,100rpm. In other words, it’ll be like an F1 car for the road, which is what the original McLaren F1 was all about.

There’s no mention of any projected performance figures, such as 0-100km/h times. However, with a projected overall weight of just 980kg, it will be one of the lightest weight supercars on the market. The low weight translates to an awesome power-to-weight ratio.

According to the specs the body will be made from carbon composite panels, while the primary structure will be a handmade sandwich-style carbon fibre monocoque. At the front is a double wishbone suspension setup, like an F1 car, and a double wishbone layout at the back. According to Gordon Murray, the T.50 won’t concentrate on acceleration or top speed or any specific area. Murray says:

“Just as with the F1, we have no specific targets for acceleration, top speed or lap times. 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.”

Like the F1, the T.50 is being pitched as the purest, lightest and most driver-focused road-going supercar ever built. Murray says the new car will rewrite the supercar rulebook. In a statement, he added:

“I designed the F1 as a sort of super GT car – absolutely road-focused with no plan to go racing, which is why the car set new standards for packaging and luggage space. The T.50 design has the same focus and betters the F1 in every area – ingress and egress; luggage capacity; serviceability; maintenance and suspension set-up. Also, driver-selectable engine maps ensure a driving mode to suit every situation.”

So, how much? Well the starting price will be “in excess of £2 million” before taxes (about AU$3.64m), with first deliveries to begin rolling out in 2022. You better get in quick though, only 100 are being planned. This will make it more exclusive than the F1 as well, of which 106 were made in total, including race versions called the F1 GTR. Preliminary specs are as follows:

Technical specifications

General
Body type Two doors, three seats, Grand Tourer Supercar
Engine Cosworth-GMA 3.9L 65-degree V12 N/A twin-cam
Weight 980kg
Length 4380mm
Width 1850mm
Motor and transmission
Type Naturally aspirated V12
Displacement 3980cc
Layout Rear mid-engine
Maximum power 650hp
Maximum torque 450Nm
Valves Four valves per cylinder
Fuel system Petrol pfi aluminium fuel tank
Maximum engine revs 12,100rpm
Engine details / overview Dry sump lubrication
Variable valve timing
Highest-revving road car engine (no flywheel / lightweight clutch)
Structural chassis member
Ram-air induction system
Cutting-edge materials and coatings
All light alloy (including magnesium and titanium)
Transmission Bespoke lightweight six-speed transmission
Light alloy casing
Limited-slip differential
Lightweight clutch
Gun-drilled drive shafts
Chassis and body
Drive type Rear-wheel drive
Chassis Primary structure handmade sandwich-panel carbon monocoque, including semi-structural powertrain utilising high-modulus adhesive
Body Carbon composite panels
Occupant architecture Central driving position – three seats
Suspension and brakes
Front suspension Rod / operated rising rate; double wishbone; anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Rod / operated rising rate; double wishbone – inclined shear axis; powertrain mass damper
Brakes Carbon-ceramic discs
Aluminium floating disc bells
Monobloc light alloy calipers
Low boost assist / ABS
Steering LSPA rack and pinion
Wheels Forged light alloy
Aerodynamics Active ground-effect with full-width diffuser and fan-assisted underbody airflow – brake balance foil

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.