We wouldn’t usually report on this kind of thing, but is the T.50 hypercar the most bonkers road car you’ve ever seen?
While we can’t get a full look of the car yet, check out the three-quarter rear shot. Yes, that’s a fan. A fully-functioning one as well. No it doesn’t propel the car down the road like a jet engine. Instead, it forces air out of the rear diffuser to increase downforce without increasing drag. Clever stuff.
Gordon Murray has teamed up with F1 team Racing Point to deliver this car, besides, most of the aerodynamics trickery going on originates from F1. Remember ground-effect F1 cars? Gordon Murray pioneered this with his Brabham BT46B racer in the 70s with that huge rear fan. This, then, is a development of that technology, with the T.50 promising ground-effect aero to stick it to the ground. It’s far too technical for us to explain so look at the pretty diagram below to get your head around the wizardry.
What else do we know?
We know that powering the car will be a Cosworth-built naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre V12 producing 650bhp on its own, with an extra 50hp being delivered via electricity. The fun part? The engine revs to 12,100rpm…
Gordon Murray hasn’t just taken inspiration from one of his previous cars either. The seating arrangement is three up front, with the driver sat centrally. That rings a bell with that other thing he did, the McLaren F1. You won’t be pulling paddles to change gear either, nope, there’s a six-speed manual on board. Murray has also said that the car will come in at under a ton. So that’s around 700bhp-per-ton.
There are six aero modes, Auto, Braking, High Downforce, Streamline, Vmax and Test, the last of which is only used when the car is stationary.
Now the downside. It will cost £2million before taxes and is limited to just 100 cars.