Gordon Murray names T.50 supercar in Niki Laudas honour – autosport.com2 min read


The naming of the automobile after Lauda, who raced Murray-designed Brabhams in Formula 1 in 1978 and 79, is “fully-supported” by his household and is a “tribute” to the driver.Top 10: Niki Laudas greatest F1 races The cars and truck, like its road-going cousin, incorporates an upgrade of the fan-car aerodynamics on the Murrays Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT46B, which Lauda took to victory in the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp.”PLUS: Formula 1s supreme one-hit wonder A total of 25 T. 50s Niki Laudas, which is powered by a bespoke 725bhp Cosworth V12 commissioned by GMA, will be built.Production of the ₤ 3.1 million track-day machine will start in January 2023 after the 100 roadway automobiles have actually been delivered.Each of the 25 automobiles will be individually designated after one of the F1 wins by a Murray-designed Brabham or McLaren.The very first automobile will be carry a chassis plate reading Kyalami 1974 in deference to the first grand prix triumph by one his cars when Carlos Reutemann triumphed in the South African Grand Prix, driving a Brabham-Cosworth BT44.”Murray, whose McLaren F1 GTR won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995, has recommended that the T. 50 could have a future in motorsport.He revealed back in November 2019 that he was looking at the new Le Mans Hypercar class and had currently had talks with the Automobile Club de lOuest, organiser of the 24 Hours and promoter of the World Endurance Championship.He has likewise been in conversation with GT promoter Stephane Ratel about his brand-new non-competitive GT1 Sports Club track days intended at cars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna GTR.Ratel has suggested that this could grow into a complete race series in the future.On the launch of the T. 50s Murray worried that the T50.s has been designed “to create a track driving experience like no other vehicle in history” rather than in pursuit of lap time.

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