by Karl Furlong
Gordon Murray could've walked away from the McLaren F1 in the 1990s knowing that his legacy in the automotive world was firmly intact, but he wasn't done yet. He returned to establish Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) in 2017, and the new T.33 follows the T.50 as a modern, lightweight super GT. But whereas the uncompromising T.50 isn't even road-legal in the USA, the two-seater T.33 is. It has a naturally aspirated 3.9-liter Cosworth V12 that produces 607 horsepower at a screaming 10,500 rpm. In a world where EVs make twice as much power as that, it may not seem like much, but the T.33 weighs in at a feathery 2,403 pounds. Like the T.50, the T.33 represents the apex of modern driver's machines.
The release date for the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 is planned for the end of 2024, although it will likely arrive as a 2025 model since the coupe goes into production at Windlesham in Surrey, United Kingdom, in the fall of 2024.
That won't matter to most people, though, as only 100 examples will be produced at GMA's headquarters in Windlesham, Surrey, and all of them have been spoken for.
At £1.37 million (around $1.57 million at the time of writing) before local taxes, the price of the 2025 Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 places it out of reach of most. Despite this, all 100 examples of the super GT quickly sold out. GMA spent $33 million making the T.33 street legal in the USA, but even so, spotting one will be challenging with so few leaving the production line.
As far as rivals go, the GMA T.33 is priced above most competitors. Ferrari has its own extreme V12 GT in the form of the 812 Competizione, which looks like a bargain at an MSRP of around $530,000. It's far more powerful than the T.33 but, like everything else, also much heavier. Heavier still is the Bugatti Chiron, but that's not nearly as agile as the T.33 is likely to be. For far less money, the McLaren GT is another alternative and that will cost around $215,000.
There is simply nothing else out there that blends a V12 with such a light body in the same fashion as the 2025 T.33.
Although it has a sporty and sophisticated design, the exterior of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 isn't as dramatic as exotics from Lamborghini and Ferrari. This was intentional, though - Murray wanted a more classically styled car that drew inspiration from 1960s legends like the Lamborghini Miura and Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.
In front, there is an especially low hood and a much more substantial overhang than at the back, and this was made possible by the T.33's rear mid-engine configuration. The oval-shaped LED headlight clusters flow neatly into the powerful front haunches, and the inner elements are stacked as they were on sports cars in the '60s. Higher up, there is a large windscreen that leads into a black contrast roof section. Further back on the roof, the floating ram induction airbox and rollover bar have a body-color finish. Depending on how it is specified, this bar can give the new Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 supercar the look of a targa.
Along the sides are dihedral doors without visible handles and lightweight forged aluminum alloy wheels that measure 19 inches in front and 20 inches at the back. These wheels - which weigh under 15.4 pounds each - are wrapped in Michelin 4 S tires. GMA says the tires are lighter than those on the typical car of this kind since the T.33's weight enables them to be a lot narrow and smaller.
At the back, there is a central exhaust outlet and neat suspended taillights with a distinctive yet simple rounded shape. An active rear spoiler has a high downforce mode and either deploys automatically or at the command of the driver.
The extent of liveries and colors for the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 will ensure that no two cars will be identical. We've seen the car pictured in silver, but rest assured that GMA will finish this special machine in almost any shade you desire.
Part of the reason that it weighs just 2,403 lbs - the same as an automatic Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring - is that the dimensions of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 are quite compact. At 173.1 inches in length, it's almost exactly as long as the compact Mazda CX-30. The T.33 has a width of 72.8 inches, a height of just 44.7 inches, and a 107.7-inch wheelbase.
Even so, the low weight is a remarkable achievement, giving the T.33 a better power-to-weight ratio than the legendary McLaren F1. The carbon and aluminum super-lightweight architecture, along with its carbon fiber body, are to thank for that. Compared to the average supercar, the T.33 is around 660 lbs lighter.
The 3.9-liter Cosworth naturally aspirated V12 engine has been reconfigured for the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33. To say that this 65-degree V12 loves to rev is an understatement; it makes 607 hp at 10,500 rpm and 333 lb-ft of torque at 9,000 rpm, but will rev all the way to 11,100 rpm. Remarkably, the T.50's red line is another 1,000 rpm higher than that.
GMA promises incredible engine response and says that 75% of the torque is already delivered at 2,500 rpm. Cosworth and GMA kept the V12 cylinder heads but modified them, but there are new camshafts, variable valve timing, and engine mapping. The new exhaust system also promises an unforgettable exhaust note which is amplified by the ram induction intake system.
Power is directed to the rear wheels exclusively via one of two transmissions. Developed by British transmission experts Xtrac, the standard gearbox is a six-speed manual with a limited-slip differential. As an option, an automatic with a so-called Instantaneous Gearchange System featuring paddle-shift actuation is available. GMA says that this auto 'box delivers seamless shifts with no interruption of torque and the world's fastest supercar gearchange. At around 172 lbs, it's claimed to be the lightest supercar paddle shift gearbox in the world.
GMA has not made any top speed or 0-60 mph claims, and again, this emphasizes Murray's goal to engineer the best car to drive, not merely a record-breaker on paper. Two driven wheels and a battle for traction are the only limitations for the T.33, but we still estimate a 0-60 time of below three seconds.
With its light weight, supreme torsional rigidity, and hydraulically assisted steering, the T.33 will likely be a hoot to drive. It also has an Inclined Axis Shear Mounting (IASM) system, which sees the rear suspension mounted to the transmission casing directly. The torsional loads are, therefore, supported by the chassis and the powertrain as a whole is mounted on anti-vibration bushes.
Stoppers are powerful Brembo Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake discs with six-piston aluminum Monoblock alloy front calipers and four-piston rear calipers. Gordon Murray says that the traction and stability systems have been carefully calibrated not to be overly intrusive.
Any V12 of this nature is going to use plenty of gas, even considering the light weight of the car. EPA figures are not available yet, but GMA says the T.33 has a 400-mile average range when its 19.8-gallon gas tank is full. That is based on standard gears, but the range increases to 440 miles with the optional overdrive sixth gear.
Assuming 400 miles of range on a tank, the T.33 will return around 12.5 mpg.
Unlike the T.50's central driving position flanked by two smaller passenger seats, the interior of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 has a more conventional layout. It seats two occupants, and both right- and left-hand-drive configurations will be available depending on where the customer is based.
A significant change from just about every other modern car on the road is that GMA decided not to use any distracting touchscreens. Instead, there are refreshingly old-school analog controls. This ethos of simplicity extends to the beautiful 4.7-inch diameter rev counter. The controls for the ventilation system, aero, and lights follow the same approach, and this fundamental shift in thinking is what separates GMA from everyone else.
Primary and secondary controls are machined from aluminum alloy for the best possible tactile experience, and the pedals are made from the same material. GMA has removed column stalks, too, choosing to use thumb buttons on the carbon fiber steering wheel for the indicators instead.
As with the exterior, the seats inside the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 will be offered in a wide variety of colors, including everything from black to eye-popping yellow.
The basic technology and safety equipment are all there, from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to a rearview camera, dual information screens, front and side airbags, and switchable traction/stability control. More advanced driver aids were not mentioned.
GMA set out to create a supercar that was also practical. The cargo space in the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 works out to around 9.9 cubic feet combined. There is a frunk in front, along with two unusual side luggage compartments behind the doors - these are rear-hinged and open much like the coach-style rear doors on a Rolls-Royce. GMA says there is enough space for six cases, but those will be of the carry-on type - large suitcases will be more of a challenge.
The interior of this special car suddenly makes almost every other automaker appear as if it is trying too hard. We have a deep appreciation for the simplicity of the T.33's controls and the relentless focus on creating the ideal environment for focused driving.
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