Gordon Murray's T.33 Will Be Road Legal In The US, But The T.50 Won't

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But if you wanted either, it's too late to try and get one.

Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) showcased its T.50 and T.33 supercars at The Quail this past week. It was the first time the supercar duo, designed by automotive icon Gordon Murray, was displayed on American soil.

We have both good and bad news to share about these fantastic cars, though. The iconic spiritual successor to the Murray-designed McLaren F1, the GMA T.50, is not legal to be driven on American roads, with the only loophole to get one into the country being to import it under the show-and-display amendment of the United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The Feds gave the T.50 a hard pass on being street legal thanks to the central driving position.

But conversely, the good news is that GMA invested $33 million in making the T.33 street legal in the US. Unfortunately, the T.33 already sold out back in February.

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Car and Driver interviewed Murray at The Quail, and he revealed that GMA would be opening a headquarters in the USA. It will be located in Florida, and business will commence in 2024. Deliveries of the T.33 are scheduled to take place in 2024.

Since GMA is setting up shop in the States, there is clearly substantial demand. Thankfully, Murray is already working on his next creations. He revealed that two cars are already in development and that GMA has a plan mapped out well into the 2030s. If you missed out on the $2 million GMA T.33, there are other cars to look forward to.

But - and it is a big but - upcoming models will be hybrid. Shortly after the T.33 made its debut, Murray revealed that it would be the very last non-hybrid car made by GMA, but not before two more body styles of the T.33 come along.

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According to Murray, each of GMA's models will be limited to 100 units.

The hybrid models that follow will likely have an easier time getting by the Feds, as drive-by-noise was one of the critical areas GMA had to fix to make the T.33 road legal in the USA. That, and the USA's notorious crash test requirements.

Murray also revealed to C&D why he didn't stop after he was done with the T.50. The T.50 required a massive investment, and if GMA only built those 100 cars, the retail price would have been five times more expensive. That works out to roughly $10 million for a T.50. People still would have happily paid that amount to own the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 as far as we're concerned, but using those developments to build the T.33 made them worthwhile - sort of like Bugatti continuing W16 development for the Chiron instead of stopping after Veyron.

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But what's next for GMA? In July, the company split in two. It now consists of GMA and Gordon Murray Technology (GMT). The latter will provide engineering expertise to existing and upcoming manufacturers. It will also develop tech for Murray's own future vehicles, not all of which will be supercars. Murray has already confirmed an SUV is on the way, with hybrid assistance and lightweight construction that will mean it weighs less than 2,600 lbs.

Thankfully, the glorious 12,000 rpm Cosworth V12 - whose closest production rival is perhaps the V12 in the Aston Martin Valkyrie - will be carried over to the hybrid era. In case you forgot, this naturally aspirated engine can produce more than 650 horsepower and noise that will give your soul an erection.

The claimed 0-60 mph time for the T.50 is 2.8 seconds. Just imagine what it would be capable of with added battery power...

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Source Credits: Car and Driver

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