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The same clear-sighted professor's way of thinking shines through in the T50 as it does in the T50. When we saw the T50 last year, it wasn't about chasing a speed record advanced or whatever. Instead, its 3.9-liter Cosworth V12 engine developsopps 654 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough to displace the 2,174 pounds of mass. It's a driver's car, more about the connection than anything. For the T50s, Murray explained that there had never been an emphasis on building a lap record holder with wild bodywork to fit huge tires.
"Instead, I've set a few parameters to create the driver's ultimate car and track experience: a center driving position, a V12 right behind your ear spinning at over 12,000 rpm, producing over 700 horsepower and with an even faster response time than the T50, "Murray said of the T50 program. If you understood that, the horsepower reached 700 hp compared to 654 in the T50, and the company said this track superstar weighs less than 1,984 pounds. Somehow, GMA has found a way to shave at least 190 pounds off theT50 already tricky. And while the 3.9-liter V12 remains for the T50s, GMA said it's a markedly different beast. With revised cylinder heads, camshafts and a 15: 1 compression ratio, Murray and his team will sweat the details.
What you 'll not get is a manual transmission. Instead, a bespoke Xtrac Instantaneous Gearshift (IGS) six-speed paddle-shift gearbox handles the job. Don't be afraid, however. Flipping through the gears will help you reach an estimated top speed of 210 mph. Brembo ceramic carbon disc brakes are then capable of producing 3.5G to stop you.
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Simplicity reigns inside. Gordon Murray Automotive
Basically, like the T50, the T50 begins its life on the basis of an ultralight carbon fiber monocoque, but after that it shares absolutely no body panels with the original T50 supercar. It 's amazing to see the car so similar, but at the end of the day something completely different. Most notable is the large center spoiler, which features a Niki Lauda logo, the large front splitter, a new delta rear wing and a giant rear diffuser. GMA worked to keep the design pure, but also wanted to accentuate its track prowess. It certainly has nothing to do with some ornate supercarsgills and cutouts in the name of drag and aero coefficients. Most of this comes from the fact that the T50s share a fan of around 16 inches in the rear. The fan helps move the air where it needs to go, freeing up the exterior design to maintain more classic and timeless looks. The track-only version also gets a nod to supercar fan history with a "fan car " at the rear.
Inside, if you thought the T50 was no-frills, the T50s Niki Lauda takes it a step further. A single digital screen welcomes the driver after passing through the doors of the dihedral. A full-fledged racing seat, complete with a six-point harness, becomes the driver's desk, and a rectangular carbon-fiber steering wheel is ready to enter. And the on-screen display only shows the most critical information. Ditto for any button or switch to the right of the driver on a panel. Photosspeak better of simplicity than my words ever could, but it's still a beautiful and defined space for the driver.
While GMA plans to build 100 T50 supercars, it only plans 25 T50 Niki Lauda Crawler Machines. The company hasn't provided pricing, but it's fair to imagine that each will cost more than the standard T50's $ 3.08 million price tag. As with its road brother, customers will have every chance to choose colors and liveries and receive expert configuration from the factory. And with the T.50 Niki Lauda, the professor is keeping his promise to completely build spiritual successors to F1.
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