Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda
Gordon Murray Automotive launched the T.50s Niki Lauda supercar. It was conceived, designed and manufactured to provide the ultimate track driving experience. Like T.50, Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda is designed and manufactured without compromise, but its specifications are more extreme. It weighs only 852 kilograms and will be substantially redesigned from the 3.9-liter V12 Cosworth engine, which can produce 725bhp, revving to 12,100rpm, and through the newly designed Xtrac six-speed propeller gearbox . Advanced aerodynamics technology, assisted by a 400mm rear fan, will generate up to 1500kg of downforce to achieve the best track performance.
Gordon Murray will only produce 25 units at a price of 3.1 million pounds (before tax). After completing the operation of 100 T.50 supercars, production will begin in January 2023 at the Gordon Murray Automobile Manufacturing Center in Dunstford, Surrey, UK.
Gordon Murray and his team worked hard on the body design of the T.50 to achieve its aerodynamic performance goals while maintaining the balance and classic proportions of the T.50. The excellent aerodynamics of the Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda immediately released its performance potential, highlighting his central fin designed to enhance stability. At the rear it's an unique 400mm fan with a larger rear diffuser and new delta wings. The aerodynamic elements continue in the front of the car. Barge boards are setted to improve airflow to the side tubes, which house the oil cooling system for the engine and gearbox. The splitter and dive planes are also prominent, further reflecting the air-influenced design of the car. At the same time, the purity of T.50 is not lost, creating a purposeful and elegant appearance.
The 3.9-liter V12 engine designed by Cosworth is very different from the engine that powers the T.50. It's even more powerful and faster, delivering 711PS@11,500 rpm, while reaching the rev-limit of 12100 rpm. The power/weight ratio is 835PS/ton, which is better than mostly naturally aspirated LMP1 cars. The maximum torque figure is 485Nm, produced at 9,000rpm.
Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda is made around a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque optimized to reduce weight and increase structural rigidity. This stiffness and strength also contribute to the excellent occupant safety. It uses the same forged aluminum front and rear double wishbone suspension system as the Gordon Murray T.50. However, springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars have been redesignated to optimize track performance and the ride height has been reduced.
It's fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic disc (front 370mm/rear 340mm) with six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers. The combination of braking system and aerodynamics produces an incredible 3.5G deceleration.