Gordon Murray, known for designing the McLaren F1, has released new information about his latest design. Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) is partnering with Racing Point Formula One team.
The partnership gives GMA access to Racing Point’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel. The press release also referenced Racing Point’s pinnacle of motorsport expertise, but they finished 7th in this year’s Formula 1 season. Not exactly the pinnacle.
The partnership isn’t the major news from the press release. The T.50 has a fan on the back of the car that is a part of the aerodynamics. There will be six aero modes that the driver will be able to choose. These modes will optimize the dynamics and performance of the T.50.
The fan itself is 40cm and called a ground-effect-fan. The new airflow management system works with the fan, the active underbody aerodynamics, and dynamic rear aerofoils. The system gives the T.50 more aerodynamic performance and control over a conventional supercar.
The T.50 weighs in at 980kg or 2,160 lbs. A Cosworth V12 provides the power and revs to 12,100rpm. Seating is Mr. Murray’s favored three-seat arrangement from the McLaren F1, and the car is rear-wheel-drive.
Formula 1 Experience
Racing Point Formula One is what used to be known as Sahara Force India F1. Candian businessman, Lawrence Stroll, purchased the team last year and installed his son, Lance Stroll, as one of the team’s two drivers. Lance finished 15th this last season in the driver’s standings with his teammate, Sergio Perez, finishing 10th with twice as many points.
The partnership appears to represent Racing Point getting to claim some part of the T.50’s development while charging GMA less to use the facility. The T.50 should be in physical testing early next year. After February 19th, when Racing Point heads to F1 Testing in Barcelona.
The car looks good. Better than the Senna. We will have to see what it’s like in physical form.
[Images courtesy of Gordon Murray Automotive.]