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5 of Gordon Murray’s Greatest Hits

5 of Gordon Murray's Greatest Hits

In 2017 Murray founded Gordon Murray Automotive and a design consultancy called Gordon Murray Design. The Design side was involved in the rebirth of TVR, as well as a Smart-esque city car called the T.25 with an electric version called the T.27. But Gordon Murray Automotive was responsible for the T.50 – the true spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 (sorry, Speedtail.)

It’s an amazing piece of engineering and most likely the thunderous finale for the enthusiastic car as we know it today. The T.50 is powered by a naturally aspirated Cosworth-built 3.9-litre V12 that revs up to 12,100 rpm, good for 650 horsepower on the road. And it only comes with a manual from the factory. In true Murray tradition, it’s not just fast and loud. The engine weighs just 392 pounds and the car totals 2,174 pounds. The calculation results in a car with a power-to-weight ratio of 672 hp per tonne and a specific power of 163.7 hp per liter.

This puts the T.50 in the same class as hypercars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Mercedes-AMG One. Except it has a manual transmission. After the T.50 comes the American road-legal T.33 super-GT. If those weren’t enough insane cars for Murray to deal with now, he also has a hand in the next TVR Griffith expected as a 2024 model.

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