Method 1 design legend Gordon Murray has named the brand new trackday model of his forthcoming T.50 supercar in honour of three-time world champion Niki Lauda.
Gordon Murray Automotive unveiled the T.50s Niki Lauda on Monday, which might have been the 72nd birthday of the Austrian legend who died in 2019.
The T.50s has been developed in parallel to the road-going model of the automobile and has, in response to GMA, been “conceived, designed and engineered to supply the last word on-track driving expertise”.
The naming of the automobile after Lauda, who raced Murray-designed Brabhams in Method 1 in 1978 and 79, is “fully-supported” by his household and is a “tribute” to the driving force.
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The automobile, like its road-going cousin, incorporates an replace of the fan-car aerodynamics on the Murray’s Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46B, which Lauda took to victory within the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp.
“The T.50s is called in honour of Niki to commemorate his well-known win with the BT46B fan automobile within the 1978 Swedish GP,” mentioned Murray.
“Niki was an incredible racing driver and he was additionally a very good buddy, and it’s completely becoming that we’re launching the T.50s Niki Lauda on his birthday.
“Niki would have appreciated the innovation and engineering element in our automobile.”
A complete of 25 T.50s Niki Laudas, which is powered by a bespoke 725bhp Cosworth V12 commissioned by GMA, shall be constructed.
Manufacturing of the £3.1 million track-day machine will start in January 2023 after the 100 highway vehicles have been delivered.
Every of the 25 vehicles shall be individually designated after one of many F1 wins by a Murray-designed Brabham or McLaren.
The primary automobile shall be carry a chassis plate studying ‘Kyalami 1974’ in deference to the primary grand prix victory by one his vehicles when Carlos Reutemann triumphed within the South African Grand Prix, driving a Brabham-Cosworth BT44.
“Every automobile will carry its personal particular person story, being perpetually linked to the grand prix victory it’s named after,” defined Murray.
“The T.50s is impressed by my love of motorsport, so it appeared totally becoming to create this particular connection to iconic races from the previous.”
Murray, whose McLaren F1 GTR gained the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995, has recommended that the T.50 might have a future in motorsport.
He revealed back in November 2019 that he was looking at the new Le Mans Hypercar class and had already had talks with the Vehicle Membership de l’Ouest, organiser of the 24 Hours and promoter of the World Endurance Championship.
He has additionally been in dialogue with GT promoter Stephane Ratel about his new non-competitive GT1 Sports activities Membership observe days geared toward vehicles such because the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna GTR.
Ratel has recommended that this might develop right into a full race sequence sooner or later.
On the launch of the T.50s Murray careworn that the T50.s has been designed “to create a observe driving expertise like no different automobile in historical past” reasonably than in pursuit of lap time.
“We had little interest in attaining the last word lap time or creating an over-tyred and over-downforced spaceship on the expense of driver involvement,” he defined.