Engine and transmission
The T.50s 3.9-litre engine is extremely small and light for a V12. According to the designers instructions, it is also a 6.1 litre V12 engine from the 1993 F1, with a very high rev limit and a red line of 12,100 rpm with a hardness limit of 12,400 rpm, and produces a little more power. Internal details are secret at the moment, but Murray said “everything is titanium”.
Flexibility and torque (341lb ft) are “no problem,” Murray said, because the variable distribution of the engines valves, which works with driver-selectable high or low-speed engine maps, should ensure that it works as well in traffic as on the road. He added that when a car weighs 980 kg, you dont need as much torque as with a heavier machine.
The choice of a six-speed manual gearbox, built by Xtrac, is perhaps the less than progressive aspect of the T.50. The decision to use it responds to requests from a “secret list” of potential customers who prefer the “implication” of a stick-shift, a view that matches Murrays own preferences.
The most striking feature of the T.50 is its 400 mm diameter, electrically driven fan, which creates a downward force underneath the car to increase stability and power in curves, literally sucking it into the road.
Murray described its operation as “active and interactive”: it automatically configures the car for different conditions, but it can also be controlled by the driver. You can create high-strength modes for wet roads, or low-strength modes for very fast cruises, and everything else. It can even produce a low resistance for straight lines and a great downward force for curves while driving.
Another vital advantage, Murray said, is that the car can maintain a purity of design that is simply not possible in existing supercars, which are covered with “unsightly wings, exits, vents and bulges.
Murrays preference for a center drivers seat, with a passenger seat on each side, is fully expressed in the T.50, whose credentials as “the ultimate great analog supersport” are accentuated by its traditional-style analog instruments and switches, dominated by a large center tachometer.