Gordon Murray Automotive Is Building A Track-Only Version Of The T.50 With A Big Fin, More Horsepower, And Even Less Weight

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Back last month when we had a chance to sit down with Sir Gordon Murray himself, we asked if there was perhaps an intention to put the T.50 on a fitness regimen to prepare it for racing. The word then was that there would be 25 additional series production track cars with an intent to possibly start a supercar racing series. We didn’t get many details then, but now the cat is out of the bag. Codenamed T.50S, this is the first glimpse of said track version. It almost looks ready for Le Mans.

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Where the road-going version eschews big wings and splitters for a simplified supercar design, the racing edition cranks everything up to eleven with a large stabilization ‘shark fin’ leading to a huge rear wing and an even more aggressive floor aero system with a huge diffuser out the back.

“With an unwavering focus on performance, and free from road-going legislation and maintenance considerations, the T.50S will achieve astonishing performance on track, demonstrating the full extent of the car’s capabilities,” says Murray. “We’ve thrown everything at pushing this car beyond the levels of anything that’s been done before – it’s a celebration of British engineering and our team’s extensive motorsport experience.”

“I’d like to organise a series of racing events as part of our Trackspeed package to ensure the T.50s is driven regularly by owners. There will be nothing like the experience of driving this car. And hearing it… well, that will be something else! I’d like each of the 25 cars to be completely unique from set-up to paint finish.”

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This new racing version is a full 211 pounds lighter than the road car at just 1962 pounds. That makes The T.50S just about 30 pounds heavier than Toyota’s Le Mans-winning TS050 LMP1 car. A few tweaks to the car’s Cosworth V12 have granted some extra ponies, too. With some cylinder head work and a free-flowing race exhaust, the T.50S now puts about 720 hp down altogether when at speed, because of the ram air effect, you see.

If you were hoping to buy one of Gordon Murray’s glorious $2.6 million road cars, you’re out of luck. They sold out within 48 hours of the car’s official announcement. You can still get one of these 25 track-only versions, however, if you’re quick and lucky, for a cool $3.9 million.

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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Can I be honest here? Is it just me or is anyone else tired with the “trickle” of car reveals that seem to be happening lately? This, the Bronco, the C8, the Supra, [OK the Supra is a bit of an anomaly], the AMG Project ONE, the Aston Martin Valkyrie, etc., etc., etc... We hear about these *highly* anticipated cars [and SUVs] for YEARS and get nothing but *teases*, so called artist’s renderings and internet Photoshop speculations, CGI fakes, etc., etc., etc... Enough already! I’m really getting tired of this and I’ve gotten to the point, where every time I see a new *tease*, I just roll my eyes. But what’s worst, is by the time they finally do make it into the real world, in the flesh, it’s anticlimactic! [I’m looking right at your Supra!]

Gordon Murray is THE man, the F1 is my ALL TIME favorite car, I know he’s going to blow us away, but we don’t even have a *mule* yet for God’s sake! Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like it...

Oh yah, and that racing version of the T.50 is *seriously* cool. It feels like the car the t.50 should have been. So... What year do we finally get to see a working version?