The Gordon Murray Project Two Will Blend T.50 Power With Smaller Packaging
The T50 isn’t even in production, and GMA is talking about a second supercarby Robert Moore, on
The path to the reveal of the Gordon Murray T.50 was a fast one. It started in mid-2019 when it was announced that Gordon Murray was working on a spiritual McLaren F1 successor and six months later we got our first look at the T.50’s crazy aerodynamics. Six months after that, the T.50’s V-12 went into testing and a week later, we heard just how epic that Cosworth V-12 really sounds. Why is all of this relevant? Because it took a very short period of time for the T.50 to make its debut, and now GMA has confirmed a new, smaller supercar, and it could be revealed just as fast.
How Small Can Gordon Murray Go?
Outside of the Cosworth V-12 engine that powers the T.50, and that weird aero-enhancing fan in the rear, the most interesting thing about the T.50 is that it’s lighter than a Mazda MX-5 and smaller than a Porsche 911. And, with news that a new, smaller car is coming, we’re curious just how small it can really get. We’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure, but we already know a fair amount of information about it.
Enter the Gordon Murray Project Two
As of now, the next car to come from GMA doesn’t have an official name, so we only know it as “Project Two” for now. More importantly, the Project Two is going to be quite a bit different from the T.50. How different? Well, it’ll be a two-seater as opposed to having the McLaren F1-like three-seat layout and it’s ditching that ground-effect fan for more conventional, simpler aerodynamics.
However, Project Two will also be built on an all-new carbon fiber structure that’s designed specifically for it, much like that of the T.50.
Thanks to the distinctive proportions of the new structure, engineers and designers will have more freedom to make Project Two different.
Despite this new bespoke-for-now chassis and smaller size, GMA has confirmed that Project Two will in fact feature the same powertrain as the T.50. That Cosworth-built 3.9-liter V-12 is good for 690 horsepower and 334 pound-feet of torque. These figures put the T.50 up to 60 mph in less than three seconds (Motor Trend suggest 2.3 seconds while we estimate 2.7 seconds). What’s really special about that engine, though, is its high-revving nature. The T.50 can rev all the way up to 11,500 rpm, or so GMA says, anyway.
|0 to 60 mph||2.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||200 mph|
|Quarter mile||10 seconds|
However, as for how fast Project Two will be depends on whether or not GMA is going to down-tune the V-12 engine and make it less powerful.
The other big question is whether or not Project Two will take on the T.50’s mild-hybrid system since that system is there mainly to power the aero fan. If it carries over with the same specs, the new, smaller car could in fact be at least a few-tenths of a second faster to 60 mph. Top speed should also be well north of 200 mph with quarter-mile times somewhere below 10 seconds.
GMA Project Two Competition – It’s Not Who You Think
A smaller, two-seater supercar like the Project Two might seem like it would compete with cars like the McLaren 720S, Lamborghini Huracan, or even the Audi R8 V-10 Plus. But, there’s a problem with that assumption because the Project Two will be production in no more than 100 examples, making it very limited and more competitive with models like the Lamborghini Sian or the new Hybrid Ferrari that we recently spotted in prototype form.
GMA Project Two Production
The Project Two isn’t exactly going to show up tomorrow or even by the end of the year. We may see a prototype or concept if we’re lucky, but production definitely isn’t starting for a least a year or two. GMA’s production facilities for the T.50 and T.50S are still under construction, and since the Project Two will be built there as well, you can bet it won’t go into production until GMA is finished with the T.50 and T.50S. As such, the Project Two won’t see projection until sometime in mid-2023 at the earliest. As for pricing, well your guess is as good as anyone’s considering the fact that the car is smaller and, potentially, less powerful than the T.50 it could be much more affordable – a relative term in this market of course. The Project Two could cost less than seven figures, mainly because of its exclusivity, but GMA could try to keep it in the high-six-figure range. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.