The McLaren F1 designer has sharpened his supercar T.50 further to a real track racer with straight pipes. The engine now delivers 725 hp and the more aggressive aerodynamic package can, together with the suction fan, generate up to 1.5 tonnes of ground pressure.
Gordon Murray designed his new supercar GMA T.50 as the ultimate driver car. Or not really, because now, just over four months later, he is back with an even more extreme version: the track racer T.50’s Niki Lauda.
The model name is a tribute to the three-time F1 world champion and motorsport legend who passed away in 2019 and the unveiling took place on his birthday. The racing driver’s family must have “completely behind” the christening of the car, according to Murray.
The already super light T.50 (986 kg) has gained another diet and T.50’s Niki Lauda weighs only 852 kg. Part of the weight loss is due to the fact that all forms of exhaust purification have been removed from the 3.9-liter Cosworth twelve, which now howls completely unrestricted with straight iconel pipes and twelve individual throttles.
The power has therefore climbed to a maximum of 725 horsepower when the RAM air intake on the roof does its thing at higher speeds. Otherwise, the figure is 711 horsepower. As before, the peak power is reached at 11,500 rpm and the red line at 12,100 rpm. The maximum torque has climbed slightly and is also reached at the same speed as before, 485 Newton meters at 9,000 rpm.
It gives a liter effect though 178 horsepower and a weight power ratio of as much as 835 horsepower per tonne.
The T.50’s most exotic detail, the 400 mm large suction fan in the rear, remains. On T.50’s Niki Lauda, however, it collaborates with a new, extreme aerodynamics package to generate even more ground pressure – up to 1.5 tons to be exact. On the wingless T.50, the figure is 322 kg.
Because it’s lap times to be chased, T.50’s Niki Lauda skips the H-patterned manual gearbox in favor of a paddle-controlled 6-speed sequential Xtrac IGS (Instantaneous Gearshift) gearbox. In addition to lightning-fast gear changes, it contributes with a weight loss of 5 kg.
With the IGS gearbox’s track racing-optimized, stepped gears, the top speed should be around 322–338 km / h (200–210 mph) according to the manufacturer.
Built in 25 copies
Not entirely surprising The edition is extremely limited and T.50’s Niki Lauda will only be built in 25 copies starting in 2023. Each car will be named chronologically after the first 25 F1 winners Gordon Murray’s race cars took from Kyalami 1974.
For Swedish stakeholders, the car named after Niki Lauda’s victory at Anderstorp in 1978 will thus be particularly interesting. However, there may be fierce competition for it, considering that it was Murray’s previous “fan car” Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46B that Lauda won with then.
Just be ready to cough up £ 3.1 million for it, plus taxes and fees.
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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