Three seats, a V12, and a manual transmission: The GMA T.50 reveal

  • This is our first proper look at the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50, the spiritual successor to the almighty McLaren F1 supercar from the mid-1990s. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • Its designer Gordon Murray says that the T.50 improves on his iconic three-seater "in ever conceivable way". Gordon Murray Automotive
  • Like the F1, it has a central driver's seat. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • From this picture, it looks like you might get your knee touched a lot if you sit in the right-side passenger seat. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • At the rear, the car is dominated by this active fan, flanked on either side by a pair of active spoilers. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • Dihedral doors are de rigueur. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • "Next-level aerodynamics allow us to avoid the current supercar trend for exaggerated wings, vents and ducts. I was determined to create a clean and pure shape that would remain timeless, ensuring the T.50 will still look fresh in 30 years," said Murray. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • The car's aerodynamics have been developed in conjunction with the Racing Point F1 team. Ironically, that team is about to rebrand next year as Aston Martin, which has its own $3 million hypercar coming out, designed by another F1 designer, Adrian Newey of Red Bull. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • Gordon Murray sits in the T.50. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • No flappy paddles or touchscreens here. Murray says that "The cars six-speed H-pattern manual transmission is a tribute to Xtracs skill, continuing our focus on driver engagement. The gearchange motion and weighting was honed meticulously until we achieved the perfect end result. The outcome is a narrow cross gate and a short throw. It delivers slick, crisp gearchanges—truly a joy for the driving enthusiast." Gordon Murray Automotive
  • The pedals are milled from solid aluminum. Gordon Murray Automotive
  • The T.50's V12 engine and gearbox. Gordon Murray Automotive

On Tuesday, Gordon Murray finally revealed his latest creation to the world. It's called the T.50, and in an age of heavy hybrid hypercars, near-instantaneous semiautomatic gearboxes, and driver-flattering electronic safety nets, it is a refreshing alternative with a minimum of electronic frippery; it even uses an H-pattern gearshift with an actual clutch pedal. But that makes sense when you consider Murray's last supercar: the McLaren F1. While many of us consider that car the greatest of all time, Murray disagrees—he describes the T.50 as improving on his mid-'90s masterpiece "in every conceivable way."

From the perspective of a car nerd of a certain age, Murray ranks up there with the greatest of the industry's greats. The bulk of his career was spent in Formula 1, where he designed cutting-edge, championship-winning cars for Brabham and then McLaren. After tiring of the racetrack, he turned his attention to detail to road-going sports cars, designing first the Light Car Company Rocket and then the McLaren F1, a three-seat V12 riot in carbon fiber that shattered records for acceleration, top speed, and list price, as well as blitzing the field in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.

After leaving McLaren, he set his sights on making the process of building cars more sustainable and created a new production process called iStream that would allow cars to be made with 60 percent less energy. But he didn't forget about sports cars. Murray designed a new car for TVR, although frankly at this point, the odds seem remote that it will ever enter production. And he also decidRead More – Source