The GQ Car Awards 2021, produced in association with Michelin, has awarded the prestigious Hypercar Of The Year to Gordon Murray Automotive’s T.50 Supercar.
GQ Car Awards said: “Can you name a sequel better than the original? The Godfather Part II, perhaps? The GMA T.50 sits in the shadow of the car many cite as the greatest ever, the McLaren F1. Its creator is now revisiting that same far-out hypercar territory, refining the singularity of his vision yet further, but this time armed with the techno arsenal to really get the job done.
“The new car will deliver what the F1 delivered, but it’s better in every area,” Murray tells GQ. “The fun thing is no one is doing what we’re doing, a complete, driver-focused, analogue motor car.”
“The T.50, of which all 100 are sold, weighs just 980kg and its carbon-fibre chassis cradles a new 3.9-litre V12 that makes 650bhp and will rev to 12,100rpm. It has a six-speed manual gearbox and the fan at the back imports an aerodynamic device Murray devised in Formula One 40-plus years ago.”
Professor Gordon Murray CBE said: “The entire Gordon Murray Automotive team is absolutely thrilled that our T.50 has won the prestigious GQ magazine Hypercar of the Year award. It’s terrific to be recognised and reinforces our belief that the T.50 supercar delivers something which is both unique and very special.”
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About Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive creates exclusive low volume sports cars – the T.50 supercar will be the brand’s first model with customer cars built from January 2022. The company is a sister company to Gordon Murray Design and was first announced in November 2017 during an exhibition, named ‘One Formula’, which celebrated Murray’s 50 years of car design. www.gordonmurrayautomotive.com
About Professor Gordon Murray, CBE
Having spent 20 years as Technical Director to two Formula One teams from 1969-1990 Gordon Murray has a wealth of technical, design and engineering experience. At Brabham he was instrumental in two world championship wins (1981 and 1983) before three consecutive championship wins with McLaren Racing (1988, 1989 and 1990). In 1990 – after 50 Grand Prix wins – Gordon moved away from Formula One to concentrate on establishing a new company for the group, McLaren Cars Limited.
His first project there, the F1 road car, is still regarded as one of the world’s best-engineered cars. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1995. McLaren Cars then completed several other successful projects culminating in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
Gordon left McLaren in 2005 to set up a Gordon Murray Design Ltd (in 2007), of which he is Chairman. The innovative British company is a world leader in automotive design, and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping, and development.
In 2017, Gordon Murray Design celebrated the company’s 10-year anniversary along with that of the iStream manufacturing process at a special event, named ‘One Formula’. Gordon also marked the 25th production anniversary of the McLaren F1 road car, and his 50th year of design and engineering.
In May 2019, Professor Murray was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, in recognition of his contributions to the motorsport and automotive sectors over the past 50 years.
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