Today, the V12 engine is rare enough, let alone the greatest V12 engine of all time, but Gordon Murray Automotive’s T.50 supercar has never said it would be ordinary, according tomedia reports. The high-end road car, announced last year by Gordon Murray, the father of McLaren’s F1, will not be limited in aerodynamics or unusual engineering, but also on The V12 engine.
While the 3.9-litre exhaust is certainly not the largest in the supercar, the fact that Murray uses a 12-cylinder engine does make the T.50 quite unusual. Like more and more everyday cars, turbocharging has entered the odd car space, where smaller overall engines are never compromised on powerful power.
The carmaker claims that the naturally aspirated engine, built by Cosworth for the coupe, will be the highest speed, power density and lightest of its kind to date. It’s completely custom-made for Murray and doesn’t share any parts with any other car.
It is understood that the engine can deliver 344lb-ft of torque, 654 hp output power, 9000rpm speed – but this is not a red line, in fact, the T.50 engine can reach 12,100rpm speed.
However, one key point is to ensure that the T.50 provides as much usable power even at lower speeds. For example, 71% of the torque will reach 2500 rpm.
GMA even uses aircraft technology instead of road car technology. It uses the most extreme aerodynamic mode, the Vmax mode, relying on stamped air sensing to improve performance, and the 48V integrated starter engine contributes about 49 horsepower. However, the T.50 does not use an automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual “H-type” short-range transmission.
Also custom-made, this Xtrac-made transmission weighs less than 178 pounds. It is short and narrow in design, which avoids aerodynamic disruption to the car, while Xtrac uses a cast aluminum housing that is only 2.4 mm thick.
But turbocharging is not without its drawbacks, one of which is the audio track. “The turbocharged engine never makes a good sound,” Murray said, though he may not quite agree, because overruns are the children he created, and engineers are following the rules he makes.
The Direct Path In Sound system helps bring some V12 noise into the cabin. At the same time, just above the driver’s head is a cold air punch-sensing intake, which helps amplify the sound — using the carbon-fibre roof as a speaker.
All in all, it’s an F1-inspired engine and is gradually achieving that goal. GMA said T.50 will be released on August 4. Starting in 2022, they will start production and will only produce 100 cars, each costing more than 2 million pounds. In addition, all cars have been sold.