Gordon Murray Drives the T.50 on a Race Track\u2026 Very, Very Slowly

When you see the banner, “Gordon Murray Automotive’s rule-breaking T.50 supercar hits the test track for the first time,” you expect certain things. Like speed, revving engine, maybe some tire-squealing drifts. And yet… there was Professor Gordon Murray himself, greatest designer in racing history and a fully competent driver in his own right, fairly well plodding around the Dunsfold Aerodrome race track outside London at no higher an engine speed than 3,000 rpm. Yes, 3,000 rpm. The V12 under all that carbon fiber bodywork will crest 12,000 revs once it’s fully developed.

But this was the car’s first time driven under its own power ever, and with that came a rev limit of 3,000 rpm. There was even a Cosworth engineer riding in the right seat minding things with a laptop. Murray did the driving because, and this is purely our own speculation: it’s his name on the car, he’s signing the checks, and he probably really wanted to.

“The XP2 prototype is currently running at considerably less revs than its 12,100-rpm limit, yet the T.50 felt fantastic on my first drive,” Murray said. “The car was responsive, agile and rewarding to drive. It was a fantastic experience to be sitting in the centre of the car once again with great all-round visibility and I can see how much the owners will enjoy this experience. Obviously, there’s still a lot of development miles to be completed and many more prototypes to build. But the trajectory of the T.50 development is where we want it to be.”

Have patience. The carmaker reminds us that the best is yet to come.

“The new T.50 supercar will be the most driver-centric supercar ever built.”

That could easily be true. It will be powered by what Gordon Murray Design says is “…the world’s highest-revving, lightest, naturally aspirated road car V12 engine, developing 663ps (654 hp). It weighs just 986kg (2,174 pounds), a third lighter than most typical supercars, and features the most advanced and effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car.” All of which is entirely believable.

Read more about the T.50 and T.50s Niki Lauda here and here. And order now, as just 100 will be made, ever. Look for the first customer deliveries in 2022.

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