Listen to Gordon Murray's T.50 Prototype Engine Sing Its 12K RPM Song
And the final product will sound even better.
In the nearly three decades since the McLaren F1's inception, its designer Gordon Murray has had plenty of time to think about besting his previous creation, which is still considered by many the greatest road car ever built. Murray hopes to do just that with an upcoming, limited-production hypercar inauspiciously named T.50, which combines new tricks like a downforce-generating underbody fan derived from Formula 1 and old ingredients like a three-seat configuration, a six-speed manual transmission, and an engine Murray believes "will be the highest revving, lightest and fastest-responding naturally aspirated V-12 ever made for a road car." And now, we have the chance to listen to an early-stage prototype of it.
Having only a quarter as many cylinders as the final product unit will, it doesn't stop the three-cylinder test engine from producing an exhaust note that could justify the T.50's $2.6 million price tag on its own. Even so, almost all of the road car's 100-unit production run has been sold out as of December 2019, and there's no telling how many of the 25 track-only T.50s have been reserved—but it's probably safe to say their numbers are dwindling too.
Developed by Cosworth and christened Gordon Murray Automotive, this V-12 will be a 3.9-liter unit capable of producing 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Cosworth gets so many horses out of so little displacement by pushing the redline all the way to 12,100 rpm, making the T.50's a rev range more than a thousand revs broader than that of the Aston Martin Valkyrie (which incidentally uses a purpose-built Cosworth V-12 of its own).
Unfortunately, the YouTube video can't be added to this story, so you'll have to click here to enjoy the raucous experience. You can thank us later.
Got a tip? Send us a note: email@example.com
- RELATEDGordon Murray's McLaren F1 Successor Launches in May With Aero Work by F1 TeamIt will feature a downforce-inducing fan that was once outlawed in Formula 1.READ NOW
- RELATEDThe Aston Martin DBX Prototype Feels Like A Rally Car When Driven In AngerAston Martin's first SUV could've been a naked cash grab. Instead, it's maybe the best one out there.READ NOW
- RELATEDListen to the In-House Twin-Turbocharged Hybrid 3.0-Liter V-6 of Aston Martin’s ValhallaThese engine shots are definitely NSFW.READ NOW
- RELATEDThis Le Mans-Spec Toyota GT1 Prototype Engine Is for Sale Right Now in GermanyToyota designed this twin-turbo V-8 to produce 630 horsepower for 24 hours straight. Sounds like a good fit for an MR2, right?READ NOW
- RELATEDWatch This 1,100-HP Ford F-150 Run an Eight-Second Quarter-MileNot so bad when you consider it's still running a stock 5.0-liter block.READ NOW