SHALFORD, U.K. – When Gordon Murray Automotive engineered its T.50 supercar, introduced this week, it turned to Brembo for the braking power.
Representing the 50th distinct design for the legendary Gordon Murray CBE, as well as his 50-year career involved in both racing and road vehicles, the T.50 does not chase ultimate performance or power numbers, but centers on the driving experience.
“From the first touch of the titanium throttle pedal to the V12 screaming at 12,100rpm, the driver experience will surpass any supercar ever built,” explained Murray. “No other road car can deliver the package of power, instant responsiveness and driver feedback in such a direct and focused way while remaining comfortable, refined and usable every day.”
At the heart of T.50 ethos is the ultimate, sensory-rich driving experience, which all starts with the central driving position. The ‘jet-fighter’ style seating position affords an unhindered view out of the cabin, offering the type of pure driving experience usually associated with a single-seater race car layout.
Improving on his acclaimed McLaren F1 “in every conceivable way,” Murray is leading the team that will begin building 100 (limited production) customer versions of the 986kg (2,173 pound) supercar in January 2022.
Justifying its £2.36 million (before taxes) price tag, the T.50 promises to deliver an unsurpassed driving experience. It is powered by a bespoke 3.9-litre, 663PS V12 engine that revs to a race-car-like 12,100rpm, and features the most advanced and effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car – aided by a 400mm rear-mounted fan.
Power from the V12’s mid-engine location is through a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential to the rear wheels.
The car’s compact (4352mm/171 inches long; 1850mm/73 inches wide/1164mm/46 inches high) structure relies on carbon fiber/carbon for its strength and light weight, while alloy blends do the same for the suspension pieces. Tires are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S (235 / 35 R 19 at the front and 295 / 30 R 20 at the rear).
Supercars Stopping Power Revealed
Brembo brakes the T.50
The T.50 is braked using the latest-generation Brembo six-piston air-cooled aluminum alloy monobloc calipers on the front and four-piston air-cooled aluminum alloy monobloc calipers on the rear. Optimum stopping power, and further weight saving, is ensured by pairing them with Brembo carbon ceramic brake discs (front 370mm x 34mm / rear 340mm x 34mm).
The latest Brembo advancements enable these discs to be smaller than similarly powered vehicles that don’t benefit from this newly released technology. The car is also equipped with an anti-lock braking system.
The T.50’s braking setup will be subject to a rigorous testing and real-world fine-tuning regime during the forthcoming development period. The results will be the ultimate braking system for the enthusiastic driver, with low levels of servo assistance making ‘heel-and-toe’ gear changes easy and natural.
The carbon ceramic discs are calibrated to engage progressively and with a firm pedal feel – and will also naturally resist fade and a ‘long’ pedal during enthusiastic driving and repeated deceleration from high speeds.
Further information on the T.50, including a comprehensive press release, can be found by clicking HERE.