The development of the fan-assisted supercar Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 is nearing completion, and one of the last steps in the process is to take the vehicle to the Arctic Circle for its cold weather testing.
While driving a V12-powered supercar in the snow may not make sense at first, the main test driver explains the importance of this in the video. Continental is providing vehicle safety technology such as the stability control system, to calibrate it, GMA must provide readings for high and low grip conditions. And ice and snow provide slippery surfaces for such a test.
Cold weather testing of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50
GMA is preparing driving modes with full stability control support and what the chief test driver calls a “hero” setup. The latter selection would allow an owner to slide the T.50 but still have the ESP providing a safety net. Although it is also possible to deactivate the assists.
According to the test driver, the company is now doing “final calibrations” on the T.50. “Most of all the development is already done,” he said.
The manufacturer debuted the T.50 in August 2020. The company plans to make 100 of them and the base price is £2.36 million before tax ($2.92 million at current exchange rates). Due to the driver’s center seating system, the model is not legal to drive on US streets.
The supercar features a Cosworth-sourced naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V12 engine that generates 654 Hp (488 kW) and 344 pound-feet (467 Nm) of torque. The 15.75-inch (400mm) fan is a unique feature of this model. It improves downforce and works as a ram-air induction system for the engine.
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The T.50 on track
Plus, the track-only T.50 is also on the way. It will be limited to 25 units and will have a much more aggressive body than the street car. Revised engine tuning brings power to 725 hp (541 kW) when the ram-air system is fully operational.
GMA also has a slightly less expensive T.33 on the way, with deliveries beginning in 2024. It starts at $1.8 million and is coming to the US. The model version of the V12 is slightly less powerful at 607 hp (453 kW). ) and 333 lb-ft (451 Nm). There is no ventilation system in this model. Buyers can select either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.