Gordon Murray reveals the GMA T.50S Niki Lauda supercar
Gordon Murray Automotive has revealed its track-focused supercar based on the GMA T.50. It’s called the T.50s Niki Lauda.
The car has been named after the three-time F1 world champion to commemorate his win in the Brabham BT46B fan car in the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix. Today also happens to be his birthday.
That said, let’s just jump straight into the meat and potatoes, shall we?
The T.50s Niki Lauda is the more hardcore version of the T.50 supercar. But, it looks so much better in this avatar. It features a completely new aerodynamics package with a prominent splitter at the front, canards on the sides and a large fixed wing with a shark fin at the rear. It even has a RAM air scoop and new side skirts with massive vents.
The revised aero helps create 1500 kg of downforce. Besides that, it also has a 400 mm ground-effect fan that spins at 7000 rpm to suck the car to the ground.
Powering the beast is a 3.9-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine that has been developed by Cosworth. The motor pumps out 711 hp @11500 rpm and 358 lb-ft @ 9000 rpm. That’s a specific output of 178 hp/litre. The engine drives the rear wheels via a 6-speed paddle shift gearbox.
The T.50s Niki Lauda weighs just 852 kg. The engine itself weighs just 162 kg, which makes it the lightest V12 engine ever. So, if you do the math, it has a power-to-weight ratio of 835 hp/tonne!
The car rides on 18-inch wheels and is equipped with Brembo carbon ceramic disc brakes.
Unlike the standard T.50, the T.50S Niki Lauda is a 2-seater, but retains its central driving position. It has dihedral doors and a race-car oriented cockpit.
Only 25 units of this bespoke track car will be produced. The sticker price on one of these is a cool £3.5 million (before taxes).