Today would’ve been three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda’s 72nd birthday. Though he’s no longer with us, his Brabham colleague Gordon Murray has just revealed one heck of a tribute to his much-missed mate. His ultimate supercar, showed up to eleven. State hey there to the GMA T50S Niki Lauda.
This is, in short, a track-only variation of the T50 supercar. Just 25 will be made. It’s lighter, louder, much faster, more downforce hungry and 100 percent less roadway legal than the ‘standard’ automobile. And you believe you’ve heard everything before, from the similarity the McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari’s FXXK.
Gordon states you’re wrong. The ₤ 3.1 mill T50S is much more than simply a bolt-on slicks ‘n’ wings job. It needed to be, to earn the name it endures that razor-sharp fin. Apparently that’s not a swipe at the McLaren Senna, in case you were wondering about beef. Just a calling coincidence …
Shall we begin with the engine? It’s a step of how fanatically Professor Murray sweats the little stuff that the regular T50’s record-breaking Cosworth V12 was evaluated not quiteear-burstingly unique enough for this circuit monster. Or rather, in this version he can get away with things not allowed street cars …
So, the 3.9-litre V12’s been revamped to weigh 16kg less than the street-legal version, rev to its 12,100 rpm redline even faster, and– thanks to modified cylinder heads, camshafts and a raised compression ratio– drain 725bhp. That’s an increase of 75bhp from street spec.
Breathing in through a RAM-induction roof scoop and 12 throttle bodies, and breathing out into a thinner-walled Inconel exhaust practically without silencers, the sound will match F1 automobiles from the age when Murray and Lauda were reigning world champs. Can you picture?
More power pushes along less weight. By binning the right-hand traveler seat (changed with a control bank orientated for right-handers), pesky soundproofing and the infotainment system, Murray’s continued to wage his war on weight. Britain’s brand-new track-day must-have weighs in at simply 852kg: an eye-watering 134kg less than the roadway vehicle.
Put it like this: you’re ogling a machine that– despite nestling a 12-cylinder engine– weighs a little over half as much as the bullet-quick Porsche 911 Turbo S. Oh, and it’s got another 75bhp. ‘Crikey’ doesn’t quite cut it.
‘Thorough’ is the next word that comes to mind. Not just has Gordon specified a revised carbon monocoque chassis for this even-more limited edition, the’S’ has an entire brand-new transmission. Out goes the manual. In comes a six-speed Xtrac paddleshift consecutive ‘box tailored for a v-max in between 200-210mph.
Shorter-stacked ratios for smaller go-kart tracks will be provided, peaking at just170mph. Simply about the only little bits of hardware rollovered the same are the headlights and the brakes. Even the hallmark fan out back, while the very same size as the T50 blower, now just runs in a single 7,000 rpm High Downforce mode.
Weirdly, Murray insists this weapons-grade unicorn is not a pure lap-time monster. Simply as the road-going T50 targets the supreme driving sensations over straight-out number-bragging, the’S’ is created to be friendly and friendly. A love letter to track driving, instead of a mathematics examination.
You do not believe me, do you? You’ve had a look at that huge wing and decided this thing’s simply a stop-watch pleaser. Well, let me tell you a little story.
Throughout computer screening, the team conceiving the new splitter, fin, side ducts, enormous diffuser and rear wing determined the automobile can producing a huge 1,900 kg of downforce.
Since of the result this would’ve had on the guiding effort, suspension, and the car’s sense of dexterity, Gordon decreed downforce ought to be dialled back to a mere 1,500 kg. And even that is totally adjustable. Now he’s simply showing off.
Not that you’ll require a pit team. To motivate the 25 lucky owners to really get out there and rinse the important things, whatever’s been drawn up to require a minimum of mollycoddling. Unlike a Ferrari 599XX, you even get to keep the car in your own garage instead of having to save it at the factory. How kind.
The boss himself said: “It was essential to me that the T50S Niki Lauda is easy to deal with and delight in. You will own the car, you will be totally in control of where and when you enjoy it. My vision is that owners will take it to a circuit, inspect the tire pressures, climb in, fire it up and have a good time. That’s the way it ought to be.”
What’s lovely is the mix of engineering perfectionism and simply a dash of poignant fond memories. Each of the 25 T50S chassis will be named after Gordon Murray’s grand prix wins on different circuits.
The very first vehicle will be the ‘Kyalami’ after Gordon’s debut grand prix win in his native South Africa. Undoubtedly, among the other 24 will pay homage to the 1978 Swedish GP, when the Brabham BT46B fan-car was driven to its sole (infamously dominant) success by the late, great Lauda himself.
Happy birthday, Niki. We’re pretty sure you ‘d have approved of Mr Murray’s sensational 12,100 rpm memorial.
He’s no longer with us, his Brabham colleague Gordon Murray has actually simply revealed one heck of a homage to his much-missed mate. The ₤ 3.1 mill T50S is much more than simply a bolt-on slicks ‘n’ wings job. Breathing in through a RAM-induction roof scoop and 12 throttle bodies, and exhaling into a thinner-walled Inconel exhaust nearly released of silencers, the noise will equal F1 vehicles from the era when Murray and Lauda were ruling world champs. Simply as the road-going T50 targets the supreme driving experiences over outright number-bragging, the’S’ is created to be friendly and friendly. Because of the effect this would’ve had on the guiding effort, suspension, and the automobile’s sense of dexterity, Gordon decreed downforce ought to be called back to a simple 1,500 kg.