If you haven’t been following, Formula One wizard Gordon Murray is designing a supercar from the ground up, and everything about it is looking utterly bonkers in the best possible way.
To briefly recap, this three-seater will weigh just 980 kg (2,160 lb) – that’s less than five fast motorcycles. It’ll have the same “jet fighter” cabin arrangement as Murray’s own McLaren F1 design and the more recent McLaren Speedtail: a driver’s seat front and center with two passenger seats behind and to the sides.
Murray has also applied the “Brabham BT46 fan car” concept to the T.50’s aerodynamics: a whirling 15.7-inch (40-cm) underbody fan that literally sucks the car down onto the road when it’s running, while also using this flow of air to cool the engine and fire out the back to fill in a negative pressure area behind the car and reduce drag.
It was an international outrage when Murray put this system on an F1 car back in 1976. The other teams’ eyes were on stalks watching the suspension compress when the engine was revved at a standstill, and the Brabham team withdrew it as an act of good faith after winning the only race it competed in. But there’s no sportsman’s code stopping Murray from doing it on a street car, so by gum he’s going for it.
Today we learn more about the engine in this thing, and while it doesn’t go for huge power, this is sure to be an absolute classic, and the answer to many petrolhead trivia questions in future decades.