Gordon Murray Refuses To Build More T.50s

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Once they're gone, they're gone.

The selection of supercars these days has never been better. Whether it's a Ferrari 812 Superfast, a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, or a McLaren 720S, there's certainly no shortage. It all comes down to budget and brand preference. But within the supercar segment, there are some niche players that pride themselves on exclusivity. Gordon Murray Automotive is one of them thanks to its new T.50, the true spiritual successor to the McLaren F1. But unlike those aforementioned supercars, the T.50 has a strict production cap of 100 units.

Although it's probably possible for GMA to increase production to satisfy expected demand (and bring in heftier profits), Murray himself remains adamant that figure is final.

Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive

"Whatever we do, we will not chase volume," he told Autocar. "We will not do what other supercar manufacturers do. We're going to be the '100-car company'."

Murray's past experience of launching the F1 back in 1992 taught him some important lessons: "Once you chase volume, you have a risk that you'll lose the close connection and the journey with the customer."

Today, McLaren keeps close tabs on every existing F1 and has personal relationships with their owners. Murray insists on doing the same with his own company and car. The T.50, however, is not for every supercar buyer.

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Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive
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Instead of a fast-shifting, computer-controlled dual-clutch or automatic gearbox, the T.50 features a six-speed manual and three pedals, coupled with a bespoke naturally aspirated 3.9-liter V12 engine with 645 horsepower and 344 lb-ft of torque.

GMA also says it has no plans to pursue top speed or power records because it designed the T.50 to be the best driver's supercar possible. Period. Heck, it only weighs 2,174 pounds thanks to ultra-light construction techniques and materials with the chassis, body, and monocoque tub made from high-grade carbon fiber.

There's still hope for those who missed out on the T.50. Murray is already planning a new though less extreme car. Chances are it'll be more suitable for daily driving but there's no word yet on how many examples are planned.

Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive
Source Credits: Autocar

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