Gordon Murray has unveiled a racing version of the T.50 fan car
I didn't think it could get better, but it just has
You will no doubt have been inundated with content surrounding the Gordon Murray T.50 hypercar recently, the true successor to the McLaren F1. But a mere fortnight after the reveal, Professor Murray has added another epic piece to the T.50 puzzle.
This is the T.50 S, the more powerful racing version of the ground effects hypercar.
25 of these will be made, seeing as every road-going T.50 sold out within 48 hours of the car's launch
So what do we know about it?
Well power from the 12,100rpm Cosworth V12 has been upped to 700hp, with the potential for 730hp using the ram air induction from the car's roof scoop.
Cosworth has reworked the 3.9-litre V12 by changing the cylinder heads and camshafts, implementing a higher compression ratio and having it all breath through a new free flow exhaust system.
The car is no longer a manual due to these changes, with a new Xtrac paddleshift gearbox replacing the stick and pedals of the T.50.
Downforce has also been ramped up as well, with the S touted to produce over 1,500kg of it, 170% more than the car weighs. The racer has predictably been lightened to just 890kg, 94kg less than the road car.
Most of that weight has been shed from the interior, which has been stripped back to its bare carbon fibre bones, not that the T.50's cabin was exactly crammed with creature comforts.
This interior will seem plush and homely compared to the racing car
The aero is even more impressive
It has upped its downforce by featuring a 1,758mm-wide dual-element wing mounted to the rear of the car, which works with the rear-mounted fan, a new front splitter, underbody aerofoil and adjustable diffusers.
The rear diffuser appears to have significantly grown as well, increasing the volume of air that the fan can work with.
Instead of running with the six aerodynamic modes of the road car, the T.50 S sits only in the car's high-downforce mode, with the fan spinning at a constant 7,000rpm.
And the most striking addition to the aero package has been a new shark fin that runs down the spine of the car. If you want to know exactly how that works, click here.
Who doesn't like a massive shark fin on a racecar?
Looking at the render, the rear of the T.50 S seems like a 'greatest hits' of methods to create downforce. Hats off yet again to you, Gordon.
I spoke with Professor Murray about taking the T.50 racing, and although he effectively ruled out Le Mans, he did hint at entering it into something resembling the BPR race series of the 1990s, where race-fettled, road-going supercars could kick the crap out of each other.
This motorsport version of the hypercar won't come cheap, with the price currently set at £3.1 million plus taxes. Although when you compare that to an F1 GTR, does this thing suddenly become, dare I say it, a bargain...?