Each of the 25 T. 50s Niki Laudas will be named after Murray’s wins in Formula 1, with the very first vehicle set to be understood as ‘Kyalami 1974’– celebrating Carlos Reutemann’s 1974 South African Grand Prix success for Brabham.
The Gordon Murray Automotive T. 50s Niki Lauda was released on February 22, on what would have been Lauda’s 72nd birthday, with Murray commemorating the three-time champ, stating: “Niki was a terrific racing driver and he was also a good buddy and it is absolutely fitting that we are releasing the T. 50s Niki Lauda on his birthday. Niki would have valued the innovation and engineering detail in our cars and truck.”
Lauda and Murray collaborated for 2 seasons at Brabham in 1978 and 1979, Lauda famously winning the first race that Murray’s radical BT46B ‘fancar’ entered, the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp.
The BT46B’s unique rear-mounted fan is reproduced on the T. 50s Niki Lauda (complete with ‘Fancar’ legend on the automobile’s rear flanks), dealing with the vehicle’s aerodynamic parts to produce 1,500 kg of downforce. It will be welcome downforce for the 25 owners able to get their hands on this track-only unique, too, given the cars and truck weighs simply 852kg, while being capable of producing 725bhp from its bespoke 3.9-litre, Cosworth-made V12.
Gordon Murray has actually opted to name the extreme, ₤ 3.1 million track version of his brand-new hypercar, the T. 50s, after three-time world champ Niki Lauda, who passed away in May 2019.