Sports cars There will only be 25 units
EHe famous designer Gordon Murray He surprised us a few months ago with a totally unconventional sports car: the T.50. And, unsurprisingly, it hasn’t been long until its natural evolution, a circuit version with a very special name.
Because the competition T.50 will be called T.50s Niki Lauda, in honor of the triple Formula 1 world champion, who died just a year ago (the car’s unveiling coincided with the anniversary) and that, moreover, I shared a team with Murray himself them from those I fly to Brabham.
Because a car capable of generating 1,500 kilos of aerodynamic support has its true reason for being on the track. In fact, the company claims that behind the wheel it will offer “the most intense driving experience on the market” (which is not to say that it is the fastest car per lap, but the most immersive for its driver). In fact, it boasts a better-to-weight ratio than that of a Le Mans prototype and agility to change direction similar to that of an F1.
The downforce it achieves is undoubtedly the wildest data in the world. T.50s Niki Lauda… and that the 852 kilos that weighs are also surprising, and even more so in relation to 725 horses of your engine.
It is the Cosworth V12 that mounts the street version lightened by 16 kilos and which, at the same time, has been extracted 61 more hp. It is mated to a new six-speed Xtrac gearbox that is five kilos lighter than the T.50 and which can be ordered with a low ratio (which would reduce the top speed from 337 to 273 km / h).
But where the changes are most appreciated is in its design. The huge rear spoiler (almost 6 feet wide) is by far the most distinctive feature, as is the air intake from the ceiling or the shark fin, but it’s the 400mm diameter puller what differentiates it from the rest. A fan that is a key piece in the aerodynamics of the car together with the gigantic rear diffuser.
Murray was the creator of the mythical McLaren F1, still considered one of the most impressive sports cars in history. The T.50 bears some similarities to that car – in particular, the central driving position and the triple cabin- and the Niki Lauda is what the F1 GTR: an extreme version (with an interior, in this case, with two seats).
Although the track version has been developed in parallel to the street version, GMA claims that there are hundreds of new parts in the T.50s Niki Lauda (for example, the body panels are totally different from those of the T.50). They are made of carbon -like the street model- but weight has been lowered thanks to lighter windows. Under it, the configurable suspensions lower the car’s ground clearance.
For the interior -which is still accessed through scissor-opening doors- GMA uses a carbon bucket with six anchor points and, in the place that the passenger’s feet occupied in the road car, a vertical instrument panel is now mounted which is a homage to the F1 GTR.
It will not be easy to get hold of one of these T.50s Niki Lauda, and not just because of the stratospheric 3.6 million euros (before taxes) to cost (half a million more than the street one), but because they will hardly be 25 units. In addition, we will have to wait until 2023 to enjoy it as they will go into production after the 100 pieces of the GMA T.50 have rolled off the assembly line.
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