The T.50 is the successor to the McLaren F1, and Gordon Murray wants to race it in the world’s greatest sports car race.
Murray conceded that sports-car racing has significantly changed since 1995 when Lanzante Motorsport entered a racing McLaren F1 development chassis and scored a surprising overall win. However, Gordon Murray Automotive is a company full of racers, and now they want to see what the T.50 can do on the track.
That engine is a brand new naturally aspirated Cosworth 3.9-liter V-12 producing 650 hp and revving to more than 12,000 rpm. We also want to hear it on the Mulsanne.
The biggest problem is weight since the LM-GTE cars racing at Le Mans have a weight requirement of at least 2745 pounds. Although that is lighter than the production-based cars that compete in that class currently, it would represent quite a weight gain for the T.50, which Gordon Murray intends to bring to production at only 2160 pounds.
He is hoping that Gordon Murray Automotive and the ACO and FIA can come up with some agreement to allow the T.50 to race without all that ballast, maybe with less power than the competition. We asked if Murray would consider competing in the upcoming Le Mans Hypercar class. “We could be, but it depends on the regs,” he said. “I still haven’t seen any sort of final regs. They still appear to be a bit fluid.”
“I’d like to do some form of racing,” Murray added. “If the worst comes to the worst, we’re building 25 track cars – we can race them ourselves. In which case we can run the fan.” Those 25 track cars are intended to weigh less than 2000 pounds and will be built after Gordon Murray Automotive produces the planned 100 examples of the T.50.
Murray has pitched the T.50 as the successor to the McLaren F1, and a big part of that car’s legend was its startling win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. It would only be fitting to see its spiritual successor at the same place, V-12 howling through the night.