An old-school supercar, without compromise. This is the program concocted by engineer Gordon Murray who signs his second model.
Gordon Murray T.33 (2024) – The father of the mythical McLaren F1 does it again as a manufacturer in its own right. After revealing, in 2019, the impressive T.50 which should begin production this year, its little sister is pointing the tip of her muzzle with the firm intention of tumbling in small series, during 2024.
The long breath
If there was only one measure to remember from the latest creation from Gordon Murray’s workshops, it’s this: 11,100 rpm, the maximum speed reached by the naturally aspirated 3.9-litre V12 developed by the wizard Cosworth. Powerful (615 ch), but not very torquey (451 Nm) due to the absence of supercharging, this block will require to be whipped to draw all its quintessence, however leaving the choice to the 100 future owners to opt for a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. But this is indeed the only favor that will be granted to them, the Englishwoman being satisfied with the rear wheels to drive, although embellished with a limited slip differential to optimize cornering.
The efficiency of the Gordon Murray T.33, in terms of road holding, is also due to its architecture worthy of a competition vehicle. The frame consists of a carbon fiber monocoque while the rear suspension is mounted directly to the transmission case, benefiting both stiffness and responsiveness. However, the pilot will have to deal with hydraulic power steering, less precise than recent electrical systems, but devilishly more generous in sensations.
Two chairs and four wheels
Undeniably, the British supercar focuses on the pure driving pleasure, caring little about the times it is capable of. The official voice does not mention it, probably to better fantasize them when we learn that the T.33 does not accuse than 1,100 kg on the scale. A real feat when it comes to a sports car still using an ancient 12-cylinder V. Just take a look at its cockpit, without GPS screen, to be convinced. An analogue steering wheel, gear lever and tachometer characterize this stripped environment, although treated with great finishing care. For weekend trips, the front boot is complemented by two side storage spaces located in the rear quarter panels.
Finally, aerodynamics kept the in-house engineers particularly busy, despite the disappearance of the exhausted fans at the back of the T.50 to improve ground effect by forcing air suction. Her little sister is basically satisfied with a active rear wing to claim 30% more aero efficiency, compared to a sports car that would do without this technology.
Prix Gordon Murray T.33
Limited to one hundred copies, the Gordon Murray T.33 will probably soon add to its order book, if it is not already full, despite the £ 1,370,000 excluding VAT claimed, or more than € 1,600,000.
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