Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 supercar

Where do you go from the McLaren F1? Central driving position, a screaming V12 and LeMans winner. Gordon Murray has been working towards this moment ever since and now it is here. The T.50 – a central driving position, a 3.9-litre Cosworth V12 with 663hp that revs out to 12,100 rpm. It is the the world’s lightest, highest-revving, most power dense naturally-aspirated road car engine. You kind of see where this is going right?

The whole car weighs in at 986kg thanks to lightweight carbon fibre chassis and body, and will be sold to just 100 individuals at a cost of £2.36 million before taxes. It has a 400mm fan at the rear to aid the aerodynamics and remove the need for large wings, helping to increase downforce by 50%; reduce drag by 12.5%; add around 50hp to the car’s output, in combination with ram-air induction; and cut braking distance by 10m from 150mph.

If you think this car would have a state of the art, lightning quick automatic gearbox, you’d be very much mistaken. The T.50 has a lightweight six-speed manual transmission and the driver sits dead centre – much like the McLaren F1 that came before it.

This truly is an evolution of that iconic design, and one that celebrates 50 years of Professor Gordon Murray’s work in the industry. Deliveries will start in 2022, and each owner will be fitted to seat, steering wheel and pedals – ensuring the T.50 is ergonomically perfect and individualised for each discerning customer. But is the T.50 harking back to past feats, rather than looking forward to the future?


McLaren commemorates 25 years since F1 Le Mans win with special edition

25 years ago McLaren celebrated one of its greatest motorsport achievements – winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its first attempt. June 18, 1995 saw McLaren F1 GTR #59, driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya take the chequered flag with three other F1 finishing in the top 5.

To commemorate such an achievement, the Woking manufacturer has revealed a special edition model aptly named the McLaren 720S Le Mans. Only 50 are to be produced with 16 to find a home in Europe.

Each of the 50 Le Mans edition cars will carry a dedication plate featuring a ‘McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans’ logo and each chassis number will start with ‘298’, a nice little touch reminding the owners that in 1995, the F1 GTR completed 298 laps, one more that its closest rival.

New owners will get a choice two colours, McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey, fitted with the stunning 5-spoke LM wheels, some added carbon here and there, gold-coloured brake callipers and a functional roof scoop!

Inside, owners can choose between black Alcantara with McLaren Orange accents or Dove Grey accents, carbon fibre racing seats, a 12 o’clock marker on the steering wheel, a couple of commemorative plates and to remind you what you are driving floor mats and embroidered headrests with the McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo.

As always customers can always take their limited editions and give it the MSO treatment where a lot more carbon fibre inside and out can be ticked as well as a titanium harness bar and 6-point harnesses to further enhance the motorsport theme.

The cost for the pleasure of owning one these limited cars? The 720S Le Mans starts at £254,500 with deliveries due to start in September.

Geneva 2015: What to expect?

The time of year has come around for all petrol heads. Much like Christmas for a child, the 85th edition of the Geneva Motor show is ten days of motoring goodness. Here are a number of the hotly anticipated cars expected to make an appearance at the show on 5th -15th March.



Abarth 659 Biposto and a number of updates to the 500 range and new kits and accessories.

Alfa Romeo:


The Alfa 4C gets the wind in your hair treatment with a Spider version. With its new look, both models get a new voice box in the shape of an Akrapovic exhaust system.

Aston Martin:

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Vulcan is Aston Martin’s new track weapon. Fitted with a hearty 7.0Litre V12 pushing over 800bhp to the rear wheels and limited to 24 examples.  Expect these beasts to be sold out before even catching a glimpse of them in the metal.

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Another racer for Aston, the Vantage GT3 Special Edition, is a road and track car limited to 100 examples, heavily inspired by the marque’s success in Motorsport. The GT3 has clearly been on a diet, losing 100kg over the V12 Vantage S thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre in and around the car.



The supercar which promised to take on the Italians at their own game is back with an update. The R8 gets updated looks, loses some weight (50kg) over its predecessor capable of hitting 62mph in 3.2sec and topping out at 205mph. The V10 engine comes in two guises, standard packing 533bhp and the V10 Plus with 602bhp.


Making its official appearance to the public is the RS3 Sportback, to be hitting the roads by Summer 2015. Deemed the most powerful five cylinder engine ever produced by Audi RS with 362bhp and 465Nm to play with, it is a good thing it is fitted with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.



BMW have updated a few of its models including the 1-Series and the 6-series but what everyone wants to see is the M4 MotoGP safety car.



Veyron La Finale is the very last one to roll off the factory line. Already sold to a lucky chap in the Middle East  this vast array of numbers wasn’t something people were used to when it was first introduced back in 2004. But now, let’s see the successor.



Turbocharging has made a comeback to the ‘Cavellino.’ The 488GTB can be said to be the successor to the F40, the last turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari and a replacement to the fantastic 458 Italia. 661bhp and 760Nm are created by the 3.9Litre Turbo V8 able to hit 125mph in 8.3 seconds.



The much-anticipated Focus RS is the 30th incarnation to wear the RS badge. Fitted with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring will help the driver push the 316bhp to its limits. Ken Block, driver of the legendary Gymkhana series was a consultant during the development of the RS.

All-New Ford GT

50 years after Ford’s GT40 took all three spots on the podium at the 1966 24Hours of Le Mans, Ford have revealed the new GT powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5Litre EcoBoost V6 said to give the car the one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.



Honda are back in F1 with an engine partnership with McLaren F1 and an icon has been reinvented. The NSX is making its rounds 25 years after the original was first premiered. A twin-turbocharged V6 which is a nod back to the original is fitted with a nine-speed DCT box.


The Civic Type R is getting its debut fitted with a 2.0Litre VTEC Turbo engine allowing drivers to hit a top speed over 160mph. To help drivers deal with the level of speed, the Type R has been fitted with 350mm drilled Brembo brakes up front.


The Swedish company has managed to keep it all very hush-hush in terms of leaks of new cars. A teased sketch of the rear of potentially the Agera RS and supposedly Koenigsegg is bringing another hypercar to Geneva hopefully to take on the three hybrid hypercars from the likes of Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.


Again very little has been given away by Lamborghini, spy shots of what looked like an Aventador SV have  been seen across the internet but all details are being kept close to heart before the official reveal however their teaser video promises to reveal the most ‘reactive’ Lamborghini yet.

Land Rover:


The stunning Land Rover Evoque gets some cosmetic surgery up front (not that it was ugly in the first place) and gains Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Ingenium engines promising up to 68mpg and under 110g/km of CO2.


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£70,000 worth of Lotus will be officially unveiled at Geneva, 16% more powerful, 22kg lighter and 400bhp gives you the new Lotus Evora 400.


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The Longtail is back. The Mclaren 675LT focusses on less weight and more power.It will shoot to 62mph in 2.9secs. McLaren will make five ‘Hero’ specification Longtails  which consist of never offered colours Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey. The McLaren Orange completes the set.


Some individuals don’t in the saying that enough is enough. A few of those people clearly work at McLaren as they have taken the insanely quick P1 and upped the power to make the P1GTR. 986bhp, 50kg lighter, wider and lower than the standard P1 and some serious spoilers creating 10% more downforce are all the ingredients to make this GTR.


Three noteworthy models are being launched by Mercedes. We have reworks of two classics and a GT3 racer.


Maybach is back as a sub-brand and the first model is the remake of the classic S600 Pullman, 50 years on. At a length of 6.5 metres expect to have a driver to wait with the car as prices start around €500,000 for the unarmored version. I doubt it will be a slouch if it needs to get out of any hairy situations as it is fitted with a V12 biturbo with 830Nm available from as low as 1900RPM.


If off-roading is more your thing, the G-wagen is the one for you. Elements of the 6×6 have been fitted to the G to create the G500 4×4 squared.  New powerful engines, wider track and higher ground clearance (450mm) promises to tackle nearly any environment you throw at it.


The GT3 race series is about to get a little more interesting, Mercedes are to launch the AMG GT3 race car. Even though the road car is fitted with a 4.4 biturbo V8, the GT3 will use a fettled example of the naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 from the SLS AMG GT.



A manual hardcore Cayman is coming. The Cayman GT4 is built with components from the 911 GT3, perfect for racing and with an engine derived from the 911 Carrera S, it is good for 380bhp helping position it as a benchmark.

The second model is a secret but quoted ‘is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack.’ Could it be the 911 GT3 RS?


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A hot hatch that is set to attack Ford’s Fiesta ST sales. The Vauxhall Corsa VXR   is fitted with a 1.6Litre turbo charged petrol engine pumping out 202bhp and up to 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. The VXR averages 245Nm from revs as low as 1,900rpm, which is a significant change from the outgoing car.

The Mclaren P1

I can’t call myself a pistonhead if I don’t write anything about the Mclaren F1 and MP4-12C‘s successor. The Mclaren P1 was unveiled in Paris for the 2012 Paris Motor show among a lot of hype.

Described as the best driver’s car on the road and track, it will have set high expectations in the minds of those ready to fork out their hard-earned cash in late 2013 when it first rolls out of McLaren‘s pristine factory or should i call it a laboratory.

Full details on what will power the P1 have been kept behind closed doors by McLaren staff, however they have let off that it will target 600bhp per tonne as a power to weight ratio. so looking at other production cars you are looking at quickness of an Ariel Atom and power somewhat close to a Bugatti Veyron. Sounds pretty Bonkers. Now in a hypercar, it is not only about sheer power, downforce plays a big part to stop the back-end of the car taking off and helping it slow down. Figures for downforce are at 600kg at as quoted by Mclaren ‘well below maximum speed’ around 5 times more than the current MP4-12C.

In terms of design, if you felt that the MP4-12C was a little understated and seemed to be outshone by other super cars, then this definitely won’t. It will stand out like a sore thumb but in a good way. more like a beautiful woman walking along the high street and every suit stops to stare. McLaren stepped out to say the design of the car is solely for a purpose, no line is created just for beauty, they all have a purpose to help it go quicker, stop quicker and corner better.

Every car firm always shows its cars in a specific colour suiting to the brand. Lamborghini use flamboyant colours like green and yellow, Ferrari have their signature Ferrari Rosso and it looks as if McLaren are joining suit with a Burnt Orange colour to their road cars.

Now to the tech in the car, the sat-nav will know if you are driving on the road or the track, and will send information to the rest of the car to set up the aero package for either surface. hopefully when we are allowed views of the cabin can we check out the full tech available to this car.