Gordon Murray Automotive has been making waves in the automotive world, with its McLaren F1-inspired T.50 taking the world by storm. And it looks like they did it again with their last supercar, the T.33. Everything about the T.33 is unheard of, like the 3.9-liter V12. And the fact that it is mated to a manual transmission.
Another McLaren F1 inspired masterpiece
As chief designer of the McLaren F1, Gordon Murray’s bar for his latest build, the T.33, was high. And oh boy did he deliver. In the form of unbroken flowing lines, buyers will find themselves in a mid-engine game changer. The engine behind them is a 3.9-liter V12 developed by Cosworth, which is very slightly different from the V12 that is housed in the T.50. The T.33 puts out 607 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque while screaming up to 11,100 rpm.
The T.33’s gearbox is equally impressive. An Xtrac manual transmission, stolen from the T.50, comes standard with the T.33, although a paddle-shift gearbox is available as an option. Both are incredibly light, weighing 181 and 172 pounds respectively. However, the weight savings go beyond the transmissions. Gordon Murray Automotive says the T.33 weighs 661 pounds less than its rivals, and that’s partly down to its carbon-fiber monocoque. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear rims, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires, weigh just 15 pounds each. These ultra-lightweight forged aluminum wheels house Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, with six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers.
An everyday supercar
The T.33 debuts as an everyday supercar, despite the $1.83 million price tag. The first proof of this is the design – there are absolutely no visible fenders, skirts or vents on the T.33. Instead, Gordon Murray Automotive chose to use a new technology called Passive Boundary Layer Control (PBLC). What PBLC does is create suction between the underside of the car and the road through clever airflow designs, which essentially allows the T.33 to be 30% more efficient aerodynamically than the other supercars. The only asterisk in this clause is the active rear spoiler, which can either provide downforce or provide additional braking force.
The concept of everyday conviviality continues with its range. While the press release did not include fuel consumption averages, it did state that the T.33 would travel 440 miles on one tank. Inside, the photos certainly don’t suggest it’s going to be the most comfortable living space. Nevertheless, there are still a few conveniences to satisfy drivers. Besides the V12, of course.
For one, the T.33 comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and adjustable carbon fiber seats. Other than that, everything in the T.33 is back to basics. For example, almost all of the controls are rotary and analog, and the turn signals are thumb-operated buttons on the steering wheel, instead of turn signal stalks.
The T.33 is also practical. It has two luggage spaces on each side of the T.33. In total, the 280 liters of combined storage is big enough for 6 boxes, according to Gordon Murray Automotive.
In total, Gordon Murray Automotive only builds 100 of these T.33s, and because they are hand-built, no T.33 will be exactly the same. The press release neglected to give the T.33’s top speed and a 0-60mph time, but needless to say, it’s safe to assume the T.33 won’t be slow, that’s for sure.
According to Gordon Murray Automotive, the supercar was inspired by Murray’s 50 years at the pinnacle of Formula 1 engineering and design.
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