Formula 1 style legend Gordon Murray has called the new trackday version of his upcoming T. 50 supercar in honour of three-time world champ Niki Lauda.Gordon Murray
Automotive revealed the T. 50s Niki Lauda on Monday, which would have been the 72nd birthday of the Austrian legend who died in 2019.
The T. 50s has been established in parallel to the road-going variation of the cars and truck and has, according to GMA, been “developed, developed and engineered to provide the supreme on-track driving experience”.
The identifying of the automobile after Lauda, who raced Murray-designed Brabhams in Formula 1 in 1978 and 79, is “fully-supported” by his household and is a “tribute” to the driver.Top 10: Niki
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The car, like its road-going cousin, incorporates an update of the fan-car aerodynamics on the Murray’s Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46B, which Lauda required to success in the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp.
“The T. 50s is called in honour of Niki to honor his popular win with the BT46B fan car in the 1978 Swedish GP,” said Murray.
“Niki was a great racing chauffeur and he was likewise a good friend, and it is absolutely fitting that we are introducing the T. 50s Niki Lauda on his birthday.
“Niki would have valued the innovation and engineering detail in our car.”PLUS:
Formula 1’s ultimate one-hit marvel A total of 25 T. 50s Niki Laudas, which is powered by a bespoke 725bhp Cosworth V12 commissioned by GMA, will be built.Production of the ₤ 3.1 million track-day machine will start in January 2023 after the 100 road automobiles have been delivered.Each of the 25 cars will be separately designated after one of the F1 wins by a Murray-designed Brabham or McLaren.The very first car will be bring a chassis plate reading ‘Kyalami 1974’in
deference to the very first grand prix triumph by one his cars when Carlos Reutemann thrived in the South African Grand Prix, driving a Brabham-Cosworth BT44.”Each car will carry its own individual story, being forever linked to the grand prix
success it is named after, “explained Murray.”The T. 50s is motivated by my love of motorsport, so it seemed entirely fitting to produce this unique connection to renowned races from the past.” Murray, whose McLaren F1 GTR won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995, has actually suggested that the T. 50 could have a future in
motorsport.He exposed back in November 2019 that he was looking at the brand-new Le Mans Hypercar class and had actually already had talks with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organiser of the 24 Hours and promoter of the World Endurance Championship.He has also been in conversation with GT promoter Stephane Ratel about his new non-competitive GT1 Sports Club track days targeted at automobiles such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna GTR.Ratel has recommended that this could grow into a complete race series in the future.On the launch of the T. 50s Murray stressed that the T50.s has been developed”to develop a track driving experience like no other vehicle in history “rather than in pursuit of lap time.
“We had no interest in attaining the supreme lap time or developing an over-tyred and over-downforced spaceship at the expense of driver involvement,”he explained.