The T.50's naturally aspirated V12 sounds glorious even at medium rpm.
It's been almost a year since Gordon Murray unveiled the T.50, a spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 that promises to be the ultimate driver's car. In contrast to electric and computerized EVs like the Lotus Evija and Rimac Nevera, the T.50 could be the last pure analog hypercar.
As development continues, Gordon Murray Automotive has released a new video showing two development prototypes being put through their paces at the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold, England with Gordon Murray and senior test and development driver Steve Hays behind the wheel. With its mix of long straights and tight technical corners, the Top Gear track is an ideal proving ground to test the T.50's performance and agility.
This isn't the first time we've seen the T.50 hit the track. Testing started in March at the same location, but this time the XP2 & XP3 prototypes are pushed harder as the naturally aspirated V12 is revved up to 5,000 rpm.
In the production car, the 3.9-liter, 654-hp V12 engine developed by Cosworth will rev all the way up to 12,100 rpm, making it the highest-revving road car engine ever. Yes, it will rev even higher than the Aston Martin Valkyrie's V12, which is limited to 11,100 rpm and is also developed by Cosworth.
Despite being limited to 5,000 rpm during the leisurely lap, the V12's howl still sounds gloriously vicious. Just imagine what it sounds like when revved all the way to 12,100 rpm.
Customer deliveries won't start until 2022, so we expect Gordon Murray will keep us updated on the T.50's development as it progresses in future videos. Only 100 examples of the T.50 are slated for production. And if the road-going T.50 isn't extreme enough for you, Gordon Murray is also building a lightweight, track-only version called the T.50S Niki Lauda, which is limited to just 25 units.