The GMA T.50 supercar might not have been ready for July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, but its world premiere yesterday at the 2021 Goodwood Members’ Meeting meant all attention was focused exclusively on it. Back in 2019, Gordon Murray Automotive targeted the summer of 2020 as its launch date.
The organisers and circuit owners have made full use of the dynamic launch by presenting the GMA T.50 driving in full tilt (nearly, as the conditions weren’t ideal), amassing just three laps at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Engineered by the famed automotive designer, Professor Gordon Murray CBE, to be the “purest, lightest, and most driver-centric supercar ever”, GMA says that the T.50 improves on the McLaren F1 – which he also designed – in “every conceivable way”.
Murray said earlier before the event took place, “There’s no better place to show and demonstrate the T.50 than the Goodwood Members Meeting. It’s been frustrating not to be able to show our supercar before, but for everyone intending to visit Goodwood, it will certainly be worth the wait. I’m looking forward to it – it’s going to sound superb.”
It surely does sound melodic, especially when being driven by professional driver Dario Franchitti, who looks like a giant in the compact central seating cabin for three. The reason for the glorious soundtrack at each full load of the engine is having 12 cylinders breathing and expelling air uninterrupted to the atmosphere at speeds only seen on racing machines.
The naturally aspirated V12 engine displaces just 4.0 litres, but just like a motorsport engine, the bespoke engine from Cosworth has a maximum engine rpm of 12,100 rpm, with peak power registering 650 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
Another unique feature on the GMA T.50 is the usage of a large 400 mm ground effect fan as part of a complex aero management system, where it sucks the air under the rear axle to boost downforce as well as engine cooling. The aerodynamics were fine-tuned together with Aston Martin F1 Team’s aerodynamicists and wind tunnel facility (then called Racing Point F1 Team).
More details about the GMA T.50 have been covered here. The T.50 debuted yesterday was the road version, and GMA has also released a track version called GMA T.50s Niki Lauda, paying homage to the great racing legend.
The GMA T.50 is limited to just 100 units with a starting price of GBP2.36 million (approx. RM13.5 million).