Gordon Murray Plans To Race His New Supercar In The 24 Hours of Le Mans
Gordon Murray, the British former F1 designer and father of McLaren’s first proper road car, is about to be back in the arena of hypercars with a car touted by its creator as being "purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever." Known as the T.50, the hypercar will seat three, like the McLaren F1, and will be powered by a Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 cranking out 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With a 12,100-rpm redline and a $2.46 million MSRP before taxes, it will surely cause a storm when it will finally be unveiled.
What is more, the T.50 is being designed with the intention of going racing as Murray hopes to see it race at Le Mans, although it is unclear if it will compete in the GTE class for production-based supercars or the new-for-2020 ’Hypercar’ class that will replace the current LMP1 category as the top-tier category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
When your name is Gordon Murray and you’ve been in the game of designing some of the world’s most daring racing cars and road cars for the better part of four decades, you won’t settle for anything short of perfection when building what could be your last road car. After all, as the true spiritual successor to the F1 (with its three seats, its no-nonsense design down to the naturally aspirated V-12, and the clever aerodynamics), the T.50 must be an amazing car or else it will feel like a disappointment to many. And, if, indeed, Murray’s team will build a racing version, that too will have to be competitive straight out of the box akin to the F1 that swept the floor in its debut year 24 years ago including a famous outright win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Someone Leaked the Limited-Edition McLaren BC-03 And We Want More of It!
Remember the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo concept that came out of McLaren’s fling with PlayStation back in 2017? Get ready to meet a toned-down production version of it soon, because someone’s been naughty enough to leak two pictures of the upcoming McLaren BC-03, a limited-edition hypercar that looks a lot like the Gran Turismo Sport-bound prototype.
Rumors about the upcoming limited-edition McLaren hypercar have been floating on the internet for around a year without too many details to back them up. A recent leak, however, chases the fog away on this otherwise very hot topic. Bear with us for this one.
Want a McLaren SUV? Better Keep Wishing Bucko
SUVs seem to be all the hype these days, but one could argue that there are so many simply because automakers want to extort the current trend – that’s why there are literally hundreds of them on the global market from brands like Ford and Chevy all the way up to the uber-luxury brands like Bentley and, pretty soon, even Ferrari with its upcoming Purosangue. Eventually, the SUV trend is going to die much like the last big trend –fuel-efficient compact cars – did when fuel prices finally started to come down. Eventually, all the automakers that have focused their entire lineups on SUVs (Ford, you’re one of the worst offenders, by the way) there’s one company that isn’t caving in any way, shape, or form, regardless of how much you beg or offer to pay. I’m talking about McLaren – a brand that’s taking a stand and even calling out brands like Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Ferrari for giving up their purity to make a quick buck.
McLaren’s New Hyper Roadster Will Be a True Driver’s Car; Could Be Lighter Than the F1 and Faster Than the Senna
Announced a few months back, the new Ultimate Series McLaren hypercar will appear as the most extreme McLaren in the lineup. Lighter than the P1, and possibly more potent than the Senna, the new hypercar will come without the roof but with a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, and ultimate abilities in terms of driving dynamics.
“We’re developing the next chapter in our Ultimate Series story, and we want to produce a car that’s focused on the thrills of driving and with that an open experience. That’s important,” McLaren’s global marketing director Jamie Corstorphine said during the presentation of the latest McLaren GT in Australia.
2019 McLaren 750LT
After only three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series, mostly known for its 650S core model, was replaced in 2017. The second-gen supercar now has the 720S at its core, but more versions are set to follow. Arguably the most anticipated variant is McLaren’s successor to the 675LT. This supercar has yet to be officially confirmed, but an unveiling is expected to happen in the first half of 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. We just created a rendering of the Super Series’ upcoming, range-topping model and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
If the 675LT is any indication, the recipe for the new LT model should be somewhat straightforward. McLaren will probably take the 720S and give it a more comprehensive aerodynamic package, as well as use a lot more carbon-fiber in order to make it lighter. The car will be further enhanced by a more powerful engine, and there’s a great chance the next LT will be quicker and more powerful than the McLaren P1 (if we ignore the latter’s electric motor that is!). But, how will it compare to the competition? Find out in my speculative article below.
Updated 08/30/2019: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming McLaren 750LT out for a first testing session. Check the "Exterior" section to see how it differs when compared to the 720S.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 750LT.
McLaren’s Next Supercar Takes on Rare Porsches and an Even Rarer Lamborghini
Ladies and gentlemen, whenever McLaren announces a new car, various strata from the industry jumps for joy. Not the competition, of course, knowing how the McLarens of recent times are ready to give their rivals a rough run for their money. But even so, as soon as Woking has official details on a fresh model it’s working on, everyone spreads their antennas. This time, McLaren will step away from the usual sports car-supercar-grand tourer dance and build a speedster.
Gordon Murray is working on a spiritual McLaren F1 successor
Ever since McLaren unveiled the F1, people have been waiting, eyebrows up, for whatever else Gordon Murray might be cooking. The genius designer who made his name in the world of Formula 1 and designed such groundbreaking cars like the Brabham BT46B and the Brabham BT55 is finally ready to talk about his next creation. Named the T.50, it’s a car tailored after the F1 with a Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 developing 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. The cabin will take three and, as is the case with the F1, Murray won’t make judgments on the top speed.
If last time around Murray was contracted by McLaren to create a road car that would incorporate the F1 know-how of Ron Dennis’ squad, now, it’s all done on Murray’s terms. That’s because the T.50 will be built by Gordon Murray Automotive and it will be designed top to bottom in-house by Gordon Murray Design. A carbon fiber monocoque will hide underneath the sleek body of the T.50, and this will ensure Murray-approved levels of lightness. Remember, the 72-year-old designer has never been a fan of the modern supercars and hypercars that put out buckets of horsepower only to be pegged back by a generous heft - like the 4,400 pounds of a standard Bugatti Chiron. As such, the T.50 will only weigh 2,160 pounds (under a tonne), and you can be sure you won’t miss one on the road since that V-12 will be able to rev all the way up to 12,1000 rpm! Yes, the T.50 will have four wheels, not two.
2021 McLaren Hybrid Sports Car
McLaren is set to launch a new hybrid sports car in 2020. Shown here in a batch of spy shots, this vehicle will be the first electrified model that won’t be part of the ultimate series. So far, McLaren has launched two hybrid supercars: the P1, built between 2013 and 2015, and the Speedtail, produced in 2019. This new hybrid sports car could be part of either the Super Series or the Sports Series.
Since the prototype is based on the 720S, it’s easy to assume that the production model will replace the current Super Series. On the other hand, the 720S is only marginally bigger than the 570S, which is part of the Sports Series. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt also said that the company’s first hybrid sports car will be the replacement for the Sports Series lineup, so this is a scenario we need to consider as well. To keep things a bit simpler, I’m going to go with Flewitt’s statement and treat this hybrid prototype as a replacement for the 570S.
2020 McLaren GT
The McLaren GT is the company’s first stand-alone grand touring sports car. A spiritual successor to the 570GT, which is based on the 570S, the GT is essentially a two-door sports car with enhanced luggage room. But it’s also grand tourer with a mid-engined layout, a significant departure from the traditional design with the engine in the front. McLaren describes the GT as the most practical mid-engined vehicle on the market.
The fourth new model in the McLaren Track25 business plan, the GT draws inspiration from other McLaren models design-wise, but it features a more straightforward, more luxurious interior created with grand touring customers in mind. Under the hood, it shares the 4.0-liter V-8 engine with the 720S, but output and performance are bit lower. But it’s the rear-mounted trunk that sets the GT apart by adding almost 15 cubic feet of luggage room atop the V-8 engine. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Everything We Know About the Upcoming 2020 McLaren GT
McLaren will introduce the 2020 McLaren GT on May 15th, 2019 at a dedicated event Scheduled for online streaming. The McLaren GT will rewrite grand touring rules by combining a mid-engine layout, the agile nature of lightweight chassis, and an eager turbocharged V-8 with the luxury, composure, and sophistication no McLaren offers to date. While the Brits have managed to keep things under wraps, I did find out several exceptional details about the new 2020 McLaren GT. It will be a groundbreaking machine.
The McLaren ’Grand Tourer’ Is All But Ready to Debut
A New McLaren GT Could Spearhead a New Model Line Next to the Super and Sport Series
McLaren has no plans to enter the SUV segment, but that doesn’t mean its content on sticking to its current segments. The British automaker has unveiled a plan to cross over to the grand tourer segment with a new, bespoke model that, according to CEO Mike Flewitt, “combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing ability.” Details of the yet-to-be-unveiled model have been left open to speculation, but the model is expected to sit outside any of McLaren’s current series lineups. McLaren did show a teaser image of a heavily camouflaged model with a #NEWRULES banner on the side and a series of random numbers spread throughout the swirly camouflage. If this is the proposed grand tourer, you can be sure that the buildup surrounding its development will be heavily scrutinized, if it isn’t there already.
McLaren Officially Has No Desire to Offer An SUV - Ever
An SUV is not part of McLaren’s plans, now or in future. McLaren’s design chief, Mark Roberts, made that clear at an event preceding the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. According to Roberts, McLaren isn’t going to stray away from its core identity as an automaker that delivers the “ultimate driving experience.” Since McLaren believes that developing an SUV strays from that identity, it’s not a question of “if” the company ends up building one, as it is “when” we’re going to stop thinking it will. It’s not happening. Not now. Not in the future. So stop wishing for a McLaren SUV to one day enter our lives. Unless the automaker undergoes a dramatic shift in philosophy, you have a better chance of seeing a 150-horsepower Ferrari city car than a McLaren SUV.
McLaren Has a Very Interesting View of what 2050 Holds for F1
At this time of the year, F1 teams are generally working on making the perfect car for upcoming races. But McLaren F1’s sister, McLaren Applied Technologies, has imagined what F1 in 2050 would look like and has already developed a concept. Talk about being visionaries! Moniker’d the MCLExtreme, this concept looks very interesting, and we are already hyped up about it. For starters, the cars will be all-electric and ripping the tracks with speeds up to 310 miles per hour!
Teaser Image And Video Preview a New 2019 McLaren 600LT
It’s been less than a month since McLaren unveiled its latest supercar, the 720S Spider, and the British firm announced the arrival of a new vehicle. This time around it’s based on the 600LT, itself a higher performance variant of the570S. The teasers don’t reveal much, but we’re probably looking at the convertible version of the 600LT.
McLaren’s Next Supercar Debuts Dec 8th but Can it Share the Limelight With the Speedtail?
McLaren just confirmed that it will launch a new supercar on December 8, less than two months since it introduced the amazing Speedtail. The Brits didn’t specifically say what new model they’re introducing, but the teaser photo and video posted on social media suggest its a version of an existing nameplate. To be more specific, we’re talking about the McLaren 720S Spider.
We Caught the McLaren Senna GTR Prototype, but It’s Missing a Few Important Pieces
Shortly after the radical McLaren Senna came out, the British firm confirmed that a GTR version is underway. We’ve already seen the car in the form of a production-ready concept, so its design is far from a mystery, but a bunch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi hint that an official unveiling will take place soon.
Don’t Get Too Excited About Buying The McLaren BC-03 Because You’re Not Getting Your Hands On One
McLaren has confirmed the development of the BC-03 supercar as a one-off creation that was commissioned by one of the company’s clients. The British automaker didn’t elaborate on the details about the mysterious machine, opting only to say that the “specifics of the project are confidential between MSO and its client.” Despite the lack of information, it is rumored that McLaren is using its own 1,150-horsepower Vision Gran Turismo Concept as the blueprint for the one-off exotic. If that’s the case, prepare to be blown away when McLaren reveals the BC-03, at least if the owner allows it.
All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
McLaren’s latest hypercar, the Speedtail, is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It’s the one that many 90’s kids will remember as the fastest car with the best handling from Need For Speed 2. As the F1’s successor, does it have enough clout to carry the legacy of the car that arguably set the tone for McLaren?