The T.50 is a halo car and Murray doesn't want that to change.
Last month, the extraordinary T.50 from Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) was fully revealed as a worthy and long-awaited successor to the legendary McLaren F1. Following this, GMA announced the T.50s, an even more focused version of the T.50, with its output dialed up to 720 horsepower from a car that weighs in at under 2,000 pounds.
It all begs the question: what could Gordon Murray come up with next that could possibly surpass the T.50 and T.50s? Well, a recent interview with Top Gear provided some answers.
"Whatever we do at GMA, we're not going to do another monster T.50," said Murray. "I'd like the next car to be a little bit more conventional in architecture, and even more usable."
He went on to say that the T.50 is very much a halo car and will retain that status for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, a more conventional car from GMA will also be more accessible, as only 100 examples of the T.50 will be made and each carries a price tag in excess of $3 million. The T.50s will be even more exclusive, with no more than 25 units in the pipeline.
That said, don't expect a less extreme sibling for the T.50 to be anything less than class-leading. "The sort of goals we have at GMA, the next car will always be the best car to drive in its segment or price range," continued Murray. "It'll always be the lightest car and it'll always be the best-engineered car."
When asked if an electric vehicle to compete with the Tesla Model 3 was even a slight possibility, Murray quickly dismissed the idea, although he did mention that Gordon Murray Design, the sister company of GMA, was working on five projects prior to the shutdown and that the majority of these were EVs. One was a small sports car that would be "affordable."
Until these less extreme cars arrive from GMA and GMD, the T.50 will continue to grab all the headlines with its 3.9-liter V12 that can spin all the way to 12,100 rpm. The central driving position reminds one of the McLaren Speedtail's similar setup and is the definition of driver-focused.
Whatever Murray puts his mind to next, expect it to be worth the wait.