The first engine prototype has been let loose on the track.
Gordon Murray Automotive has announced that the T.50 supercar will debut at the 78th Goodwood Members Meeting taking place on October 16 and 17. That's quite nice, and we're sure the people in attendance will enjoy their tea and biscuits, but we don't really care about a meeting of members.
The part of the press release we're interested in is the video of Dario Franchitti hooning the T.50 test mule, affectionately known by the developers as "George."
Why are we so excited about a T.50 video? We've seen videos of the T.50 before, haven't we? That's true, but this is the first video in which the full fury of the Cosworth V12 is unleashed. In case you missed it, the T.50 has a 3.9-liter naturally-aspirated V12 producing 650 horsepower. Oh, and it revs all the way to 12,100 rpm. This thing makes the Aventador's V12 engine look like something found in a minivan.
Without further ado, put in your earphones and turn the volume way up. Prepare to be mesmerized by the T.50's glorious soundtrack.
Are you back and ready to focus, or do you need a minute? There's no time because we do need to do a quick breakdown of the video. You probably weren't impressed by the looks of the car, but don't worry. GMA is only testing the engine and not the actual vehicle. The vehicle you see here is an Ultima with the Cosworth V12 bolted to the rear.
Franchitti's feedback is quite apparent, even though you can't hear a word he's saying. He's smiling like a man who just won a lifetime supply of Kobe Rib-Eyes, Ben & Jerry's, and toilet paper. This man owns a Ferrari F40, a Porsche 911 R, and a Carrera GT. It takes a lot to put a smile on his face, and the fact that the test mule could do it is an excellent sign.
The various facial expressions Franchitti provides might even be considered the first review of the T.50. Once out of the car, Franchitti provides verbal feedback. "It is the best engine ever," said Franchitti. He had one criticism, however. According to Franchitti, he had trouble when trying to heel and toe. The engine revs so fast that he got four times the revs he expected, even from a small press on the throttle. Gordon Murray revealed that it is one of the final things they're sorting on the car.
The entire consignment of T.50s has already been sold out, most likely to existing McLaren F1 owners. In our opinion, it's the closest thing to the original F1 and is therefore destined to become an instant classic.