Gordon Murray’s McLaren F1 successor to be revealed in 2022
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The man behind the magnificent McLaren F1 is starting up a new company to produce something even more lightweight and extreme than his most famous creation. The 980-kg (2,160 lb) Gordon Murray Motors T.50 will begin deliveries in 2020 at a price around US$2.2 million.
Gordon Murray Automotive (Surrey, U.K.), a sister-business of vehicle design and engineering company Gordon Murray Design, has announced details of its first vehicle, the T.50 supercar. Conceived as the successor to the Murray-designed McLaren F1, the T.50 is designed with a carbon fiber composite chassis and body and is said to be the lightest supercar to be built.
Full production and customer deliveries for the T.50 are set for early 2022. The engineering planning, as well as the interior and exterior styling of the new vehicle, has been carried out by Gordon Murray Design. It will be manufactured by Gordon Murray Automotive at its new facility in Surrey, U.K. All major components will be bespoke and U.K.-sourced, including the powertrain, body and chassis.
The company says the key to producing the world’s lightest, most driver-focused supercar is the use of advanced carbon fiber engineering, as well as a deadication to minimize weight in every component. “This is the key to achieving enhanced performance and dynamics, and refocusing the supercar on the driver and the thrill of driving,” says Professor Gordon Murray CBE, chairman of Gordon Murray Group.
Composites are incorporated throughout the T.50 design, including a chassis built from a handmade sandwich-panel carbon fiber monocoque, carbon fiber composite body panels, and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The T.50 supercar reportedly will weigh 980 kilograms, making it approximately a third lighter than the average supercar. The external proportions are also highly compact — smaller than the footprint of a Porsche 911 at just 4,380 millimeters long and 1,850 millimeters wide — in order to to optimize handling, while still allowing space to comfortably fit three passengers plus luggage.
Design sketches are all we’ve got at this stage, we’ll be looking forward to seeing more as the project develops.
Source: Gordon Murray Motors