Gordon Murray Automotive reveals the T.50s Niki Lauda with the mission to ship an on-track expertise like no different automobile in historical past
• All-new T.50s Niki Lauda revealed: designed and engineered to supply ‘an on-track expertise like no different automobile thus far’
•Manufacturing restricted to simply 25 automobiles
•Designed, engineered and developed in parallel with the ground-breaking T.50 supercar
•A whole lot of elements modified to optimise the automobile for observe use
•Engineered with out compromise, weighing simply 852kg
•Powered by a 725bhp naturally aspirated V12 engine which weighs solely 162kg and revs to 12,100rpm
•Named after legendary three-time F1 world champion and Gordon Murray’s former Brabham teammate, Niki Lauda
•Automotive unveiled on Niki Lauda’s birthday
•Affords a singular and extremely personalised possession expertise, with every chassis named after certainly one of Gordon Murray’s grand prix victoriesGordon Murray Automotive has unveiled its T.50s Niki Lauda track-focused supercar for the primary time. Developed in parallel with the T.50, probably the most driver-centric supercar ever constructed, the T.50s Niki Lauda has been conceived, designed and engineered to supply the last word on-track driving expertise.
Just like the T.50, the T.50s Niki Lauda has been designed and engineered with out compromise, however with an much more excessive specification. It weighs simply 852kg and shall be powered by a considerably redesigned model of the T.50’s Cosworth-engineered 3.9-litre V12, producing 725bhp, revving to 12,100rpm and going by means of a newly-designed Xtrac six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. Superior aerodynamics, aided by a 400mm rear-mounted fan, will produce as much as 1500kg of downforce for optimum observe efficiency.
Simply 25 T.50s Niki Laudas shall be made, costing £3.1m (earlier than taxes). Manufacturing will begin in January 2023 at Gordon Murray Automotive’s manufacturing centre in Dunsfold, Surrey, ÚK, after the run of 100 T.50 supercars is accomplished.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘The T.50 is the last word road-going supercar, however I at all times dreamed of taking it one step additional… to construct a model that may ship an on-track driving expertise like no different automobile in historical past.
‘Once we created the McLaren F1 GTR it was developed from the F1 highway automobile. From its inception the T.50s Niki Lauda, although, was designed in parallel with the T.50. For the T.50 our goal was clear, to make the perfect driver’s automobile for the highway. With the T.50s Niki Lauda it was equally clear, to make it the perfect driver’s automobile for the observe. Placing it one other means, we requested ourselves what could be the good factor to drive on observe and create a observe driving expertise like no different automobile in historical past?
‘We had no real interest in attaining the last word lap time or creating an over-tyred and over-downforced spaceship on the expense of driver involvement, as a result of in the end you must possess an F1 driver degree of ability and health to get the perfect out of them.
‘As a substitute, I laid out some parameters to create the last word driver’s automobile and expertise on observe: a central driving place, a V12 simply behind your ear revving to over 12,000rpm, producing over 700 horsepower and with an excellent sooner response time than the T.50, downforce restricted to 1500kg and a weight of beneath 900kg. Plus the power to show up at any observe, make a number of primary checks and have enjoyable, with out the necessity for a complete assist crew.
‘In my opinion, it does not get higher than that and is driving in its purest type. The T.50s Niki Lauda will give a visceral connection between driver, automobile and observe, the like of which has not been skilled thus far.
‘I can simply think about going spherical your favorite circuit, sitting within the center with that unsilenced V12 screaming simply behind you – the driving expertise shall be one thing particular. With a power-to-weight ratio higher than that of a naturally aspirated LMP1 automobile, it is usually going to be searingly fast and, with such a low weight, will change route like an F1 automobile.
‘With the route of journey of the automotive trade, it is laborious to think about that there’ll ever be one other automobile fairly like this. Particularly not one with a central driving place, a high-revving naturally aspirated V12 engine and that’s so light-weight. I imagine it would go on to outline its period.’
Gordon Murray and the group have labored laborious on the T.50s physique design to realize their aerodynamic efficiency targets, while retaining the T.50’s balanced and basic proportions.
The dramatic aerodynamic options of the T.50s Niki Lauda immediately give away its efficiency potential. A hanging central fin designed to boost stability incorporates a Niki Lauda brand. On the rear, the distinctive 400mm fan from the T.50 is retained, accompanied by an excellent bigger rear diffuser and a brand new delta wing. The rear grille incorporates a T.50s badge and ‘Fan Automotive’ script.
The aerodynamic parts proceed on the entrance of the automobile. Barge boards are sculpted to enhance airflow to the aspect ducts, which home the oil cooling methods for the engine and transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) A splitter and dive planes are additionally outstanding and additional mirror the automobile’s aero-influenced design. On the identical time, the purity of the T.50 isn’t misplaced, making a purposeful but elegant look.
House owners will be capable to individualise their T.50s Niki Lauda by means of their alternative of colors and liveries, in order that no two automobiles shall be alike.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘The styling of the T.50s is totally aero pushed, however nonetheless engaging. There’s not one physique panel carried over from the T.50, however the highway automobile has such a powerful and basic form that it nonetheless manages to shine by means of.’
Engine and transmission
The Cosworth-designed 3.9-litre V12 engine is a dramatically completely different model of the engine that powers the T.50. It’s much more highly effective and faster-revving too, delivering 711PS at 11,500rpm, on its technique to a 12,100rpm rev-limit. At 178hp/litre, the particular energy output of the T.50s Niki Lauda’s V12 exceeds that of the all-conquering Cosworth DFV Formulation One engine. The ability-to-weight ratio of 835PS/tonne betters that of a naturally aspirated LMP1 automobile.
The T.50s Niki Lauda’s engine is fed by a newly-designed, roof-mounted, high-performance RAM induction airbox (which might improve most energy to 725bhp). The utmost torque determine is 485Nm, produced at 9,000rpm. A newly-developed, bespoke, straight-through exhaust system additionally takes the engine sound to a brand new degree. Proper by means of the rev-range it guarantees to be one of many best and most characterful sounding automobiles ever made.
The state-of-the-art V12 pushes the boundaries of engine design even additional, with many new elements. Modifications embody utterly revised cylinder heads and camshafts, plus the next compression ratio of 15:1.
By means of meticulous consideration to element, this new iteration of the Cosworth GMA V12 weighs simply 162kg, 16kg lower than what was already the lightest road-going V12 engine ever. The burden-saving measures lengthen to the consumption, exhaust and management methods, in addition to the engine itself. All of the valves are produced from titanium, whereas there isn’t any variable valve timing as a result of further weight of the geartrain and digital management system.
An easier induction system options 12 throttle our bodies on prime of the engine, fed straight by the racing-style air field. The exhaust system does with out catalytic converters, has thinner Inconel partitions and, with solely observe noise limits to fulfill, advantages from smaller silencers.
A bespoke Xtrac IGS (Instantaneous Gearshift) six-speed paddle shift gearbox is fitted, designed to suit the exacting packaging and weight calls for of the T.50s Niki Lauda. As a part of Xtrac’s efforts to minimise weight wherever doable, even the gears are lighter, contributing to a 5kg whole weight discount. Each the gearbox and the clutch are electronically actuated.
Ratios have been chosen to optimise on-track efficiency and driver enjoyment and engagement, delivering a prime velocity of roughly 200-210mph. A set of nearer ratios optimised for shorter circuits will even be supplied, permitting homeowners to take advantage of all six gears by way of the steering column-mounted paddles. On this configuration, the T.50s Niki Lauda will attain round 170mph flat-out.
Chassis, physique and suspension
The T.50s Niki Lauda is constructed round a specifically developed, light-weight carbon fibre monocoque. Optimised for weight discount and structural rigidity, it’s constructed utilizing superior part-binding expertise, with carbon fibre wrapped round a honeycomb aluminium core.
This stiffness and energy additionally contributes to the T.50s’s distinctive occupant security, with exactly engineered deformable areas. Passengers are additional protected by an F1-style ‘passenger security cell’.
Exterior physique panels, all distinctive to the T.50s, are additionally produced from ultra-lightweight carbon fibre. Home windows and screens use glazing that has been additional lowered in weight from the highway automobile specification.
For distinctive ranges of confidence inspiring on-track dynamics, the T.50s Niki Lauda utilises the identical cast aluminium entrance and rear double wishbone suspension system because the T.50. Nonetheless, the springs, dampers and anti-roll bar have been respecified to optimise observe efficiency, whereas the trip top has been lowered to 87mm on the entrance and 116mm on the rear.
As a part of the Trackspeed package deal, the T.50s Niki Lauda’s chassis will be adjusted to seek out the best setup for its proprietor. Each the chassis settings and the aerodynamics are totally adjustable.
The T.50s Niki Lauda retains the T.50’s rack and pinion steering, however with a revised steering ratio.
The Brembo carbon ceramic discs of the T.50 are carried over to the T.50s Niki Lauda (370mm x 34mm entrance/340mm x 34mm rear), with six-piston entrance callipers and four-piston rear callipers. The braking system and aerodynamics mix to supply unbelievable deceleration of three.5g. To make sure the brakes keep their phenomenal efficiency all through a observe session, new ducting round every wheel is designed to enhance brake cooling.
Wheels and tyres
The T.50s sits on distinctive and exceptionally gentle magnesium cast 18-inch wheels, weighing lower than 6kg every, with Formulation One-style light-weight wheel hubs and a centre lock attachment. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin slick tyres, measuring 250mm broad on the entrance (25/64 18′) and 300mm broad on the rear (30/68 18′). A moist possibility can also be offered. (idea carz)
The T.50s Niki Lauda has utterly new aero, which mixes to create 1500kg of downforce. This features a new 1,758mm-wide, rear-mounted delta wing, the design of which was impressed by the entrance wing on Murray’s 1983 Brabham BT52 Formulation One automobile and is simply as efficient in the present day because it was then.
The entrance of the T.50s incorporates a splitter with a central aerofoil part, which generates big load figures to stability out these from the rear wing. The splitter’s central channel reduces the automobile’s sensitivity to pitch whereas permitting airflow beneath the automobile to proceed to drive the central diffuser part, holding the effectivity of your entire aero package deal excessive.
Dive planes embody horizontal parts paired with a vertical duct to handle wheel arch pressures and tyre wake, decreasing drag and bettering effectivity. A pair of NACA ducts have been completely positioned on the entrance clam shell in a area of excessive strain and the place the skinny boundary layer is right for cooling the massive entrance brakes.
A central fin stretching from the highest of the roof to the rear lip of the automobile has additionally been added for elevated yaw stability. The massive vertical face is introduced to the airflow throughout high-speed cornering and helps counteract the momentum of the automobile in direction of the surface of the nook.
To additional enhance airflow and accommodate the central fin, the oil cooling methods for the engine and transmission are actually positioned in aspect ducts. By inserting these methods decrease within the automobile, this helps to optimise its centre of gravity.
With the powertrain coolers positioned straight downstream of the entrance wheels, barge boards have been added to handle the turbulent wake emanating from the entrance wheel arches, guaranteeing a clear movement of air to the aspect ducts.
The T.50s Niki Lauda retains the identical 400mm ground-effect fan because the T.50, however right here it runs in a single Excessive Downforce mode, spinning at 7000rpm. The T.50s additionally has a lot less complicated ducting, with a completely open duct operating all the way down to the redesigned rear diffuser.
Just like the chassis, the T.50s Niki Lauda’s aerodynamics will be adjusted to swimsuit its proprietor’s preferences, including or eradicating downforce as required. To stability the automobile’s aero, the entrance diffusers are adjustable, as is a slotted flap on the rear wing. The high-speed stability will be additional honed by means of modifications to the automobile’s trip top.
Within the optimum configuration, when a specific race circuit calls for it, as much as 1500kg of downforce shall be achievable. Nonetheless, the automobile’s aerodynamics have been rigorously designed to make sure that the T.50s Niki Lauda’s efficiency stays accessible and exploitable whatever the driver’s expertise.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘Once we first ran the CFD we have been already forward of our downforce goal. At one level we have been attaining 1,900kg of downforce, however we backed it off to 1,500kg to make the automobile extra manageable for the homeowners.’
The dihedral doorways carry to disclose a race-car oriented cabin. The T.50s Niki Lauda retains the driver-focused central seating place of the T.50, giving the driving force an unhindered view of the observe forward and permitting excellent placement. The motive force sits on a full racing carbon fibre seat with fore and aft adjustment and is secured with a six-point harness.
The T.50s is a two-seater with a set passenger seat to the left of the driving force, full with a four-point harness. Instead of the seat on the correct is a fireplace extinguisher system. Occupying the house previously taken up by the passenger footwell is a vertical switchgear panel much like that discovered on the legendary McLaren F1 GTR. Ought to the proprietor want, the automobile will be ordered with no passenger seat to save lots of additional weight and create an much more targeted really feel.
The oblong carbon fibre steering wheel is a lesson in simplicity, that includes solely the important thing controls that the driving force wants. This contains buttons for the traction and launch management, in addition to the car-to-pit/driver-to-passenger radio and to pick out impartial. The slim, uncluttered design is influenced by Murray’s racing expertise.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘I used to make my drivers take their watches off, partly for weight, but additionally as a result of it provides to the steering inertia. Large wheels with a lot of switches are fairly heavy from a steering inertia viewpoint, so for the T.50s I wished to maintain the wheel small, clear and easy.’
To keep away from pointless distractions, the T.50s incorporates a single digital display. This shows important automobile and engine knowledge, in addition to aero data, the gearchange indicator, telemetry, lap time, tyre pressures/temperatures, g-forces and a digital camera video feed.
Driver consolation was one other precedence for Murray when designing the T.50s, which maintains the identical spaciousness and visibility because the highway automobile. This makes the T.50s Niki Lauda a uniquely usable observe automobile, regardless of its unbelievable efficiency.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘Engineering the last word track-focused supercar has to start out with the driving force. It was important that we retained a central driving place, with each management organized inside simple attain and with no distractions or pointless data on show. And in my view, you aren’t getting a greater view than that from the central driving place, one which lets you place the T.50s Niki Lauda with millimetre precision on any circuit. You’re left with nothing to remove the pure pleasure of pushing this automobile as laborious as you possibly can in your favorite race circuit.
‘Racing drivers are sometimes uncomfortable, they only put up with it as a result of they’re making an attempt to win a race. The McLaren F1 had a very nice driving place and good visibility and I believe that helped the fellows at Le Mans as a result of it made it extra snug for them. Within the T.50s, the driving place ergonomically is nearly nearly as good because it will get. It is a automobile you possibly can drive all day.’
Named after a racing legend
The T.50s Niki Lauda has been named after legendary three-time Formulation One World Champion, Niki Lauda.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘The T.50s is called in honour of Niki to commemorate his well-known win with the Brabham BT46B fan automobile within the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix. Niki was an amazing racing driver and he was additionally 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.’
The Lauda household mentioned: ‘We’re proud that Gordon Murray Automotive has named its new automobile after Niki. He would have been extraordinarily honoured to have been related to a automobile designed and engineered by Gordon, with whom he had such a protracted affiliation and friendship.’
Every chassis to be named after certainly one of Gordon Murray’s F1 race wins
Moreover, every of the 25 automobiles’ chassis shall be individually named after certainly one of Gordon Murray’s grand prix wins on completely different circuits. The primary automobile shall be designated Kyalami 1974 and additional automobiles shall be named after the 24 subsequent wins in chronological order. Every automobile will even include a specifically commissioned ebook in regards to the race that it’s named after, with Murray’s view and recollections of the victory.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘Every automobile will carry its personal particular person story, being eternally linked to the grand prix victory it’s named after. The T.50s is impressed by my love of motorsport, so it appeared completely becoming to create this particular connection to iconic races from the previous.’
T.50s Niki Lauda patrons will obtain a bespoke and personalised service, from the primary expression of curiosity, by means of the specification, manufacturing and handover durations, in addition to all through your entire length of their possession.
Every of the 25 individually specified automobiles shall be distinctive, each by way of setup and within the alternative of colors and liveries.
A Trackspeed package deal will even be included which contains each engineering assist and all of the gear wanted to run the automobile at a observe, together with a full set of pit instruments and refuelling gear.
Clients shall be invited to a observe day to have each chassis and aerodynamics set-up for them to swimsuit their driving model and expertise. House owners will even profit from a day’s on-track tuition within the T.50s Niki Lauda to allow them to get probably the most from their automobile, and there shall be a day’s tuition for the proprietor’s nominated technician to assist them put together the automobile for observe driving days.
Moreover, there shall be ongoing engineering assist to permit homeowners to run their automobile at occasions and observe days around the globe. Gordon Murray Automotive is planning its personal particular occasions for T.50s Niki Lauda homeowners in future.
Gordon Murray Automotive are working carefully with Stephane Ratel and his SRO organisation in direction of making a GT1 sports activities membership, which is able to present unique observe days aligned with the GT World Problem Europe occasions on a few of Europe’s most prestigious circuits. It is a first step with a view to making a future supercar race sequence.
Professor Gordon Murray CBE: ‘It was important to me that the T.50s Niki Lauda is simple to stay with and revel in. You’ll personal the automobile, you’ll be utterly accountable for the place and while you get pleasure from it. My imaginative and prescient is that homeowners will take it to a circuit, verify the tyre pressures, climb in, fireplace it up and have enjoyable. That is the best way it needs to be.’
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