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Gordon Murray Automotive partners with Racing Point for T.50 supercar
by Jake Williams-Smith on 10th December 2019

The T.50 supercar will be unveiled next year in a collaborative project between Gordon Murray Automotive and the Racing Point Formula 1 team

Gordon Murray T.50 supercar


Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) will partner with the Racing Point Formula 1 team to develop its lightweight T.50 supercar.
GMA says the car will have the most advanced aerodynamics ever on a road car and will include the innovative fan concept as seen on the F1 Brabham BT46B ‘fan car’ designed by Gordon Murray.
The partnership will enable GMA to use the Formula 1 team’s high-specification facilities, including a rolling-road and wind tunnel, and to receive feedback from the team’s engineers.
The wind tunnel will allow a 40 per cent scale model to be used in the development of the supercar, which GMA believes will take road-car aerodynamics to an “entirely new level.”


Gordon Murray said that the partnership was a “hugely exciting” prospect that would enable the T.50 to realise the full potential of ground-effect.

Gordon Murray's T.50 supercar


“Formula One remains a deep passion of mine, so partnering with Racing Point to develop the T.50 is hugely exciting,” he said.
“I’ve dreamt of delivering a road car with a ground-effect fan since I designed the Brabham BT46B F1 racing car in 1978. The system on the T.50 is much more sophisticated than the Brabham’s and will benefit enormously from Racing Point’s expertise and resources.”
Along with the partnership announcement, the first images of the T.50 have been released.
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The integrated fan at the rear of the car is designed to enhance ground-effect in tandem with active underbody and body aerofoils.
Six different drive modes will be driver-selectable; two of those function without manual input.
An ‘Auto Mode’ will serve as the car’s default state, while ‘Braking Mode’ optimises downforce, stability, grip and braking performance.
The remaining modes will be independently selected. ‘High Downforce mode’ will boost aero performance by 30 per cent, ‘Streamline Mode’ increases straight-line speed by reducing drag by 10 per cent, ‘Vmax Mode’ boosts power for a brief three-minute window and a final ‘Test Mode’ allows owners to demonstrate the car's functions while at a standstill.
The car will weigh 980kg and its bespoke Cosworth V12 engine produces 650bhp. Vmax mode adds hybrid power from the car's starter motor generator, and uses ram induction from the car's roof intake to boost power to 700bhp.

The Cosworth will be the highest-revving road car engine ever made, capable of reaching 12,100rpm.

Earlier this year, Murray revealed to Motor Sport that he was in talks with the Le Mans organisers, with a view to entering the T.50 into the World Endurance and the 24 hour race, almost 25 years after winning at Le Mans with his McLaren F1.

The T.50 is set to launch in May 2020, and will cost in excess of £2million.
www.motorsportmagazine.com

Gordon Murray Automotive partners with Racing Point for T.50 supercar
The T.50 supercar will be unveiled next year in a collaborative project between Gordon Murray Automotive and the Racing Point Formula 1 team Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) will partner with the Racing Point Formula 1 team to develop its lightweight T.50 supercar.
www.motorsportmagazine.com
www.motorsportmagazine.com
 
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