Sure, Gordon Murray’s T.50s Niki Lauda is cool, but it has one big flaw
I don't quite understand it, so let's talk about it
Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has just announced the arrival of the all-new track-focussed version of the T.50 dubbed the T.50s Niki Lauda. This is essentially a track only version of an already great car and it's a very exciting prospect, however I think it has one big flaw.
What a rear!
As I was scrolling through the photos of it I reacted how most people did, which was pure amazement at its curves and aerodynamics, but there was one thing which had me stumped.
Why on earth is the indicator selector located on the dashboard as a switch about the same height as the top of the driver's thigh? This doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever, and to make matters worse, the button you hardly ever use; the phone button is located on the wheel.
First of all, tell me why you need a phone function in a track-only car and secondly tell me why you need indicators as I don't remember the last time I saw a track-only car with these. Let's say you are on the phone, how are you supposed to use the indicators anyway without taking your eyes off the road?
I'm sorry, what is going on?
It's one thing moving it from a stalk to buttons on the wheel like Ferrari has done, but moving it away from the wheel completely and down closer to your feet doesn't sit right with me at all. if you reach for the indicators and get the wrong one you could change into reverse, or turn off traction control which really isn't ideal when you're going fast around a track, is it?
I know I said I don't see the point in having indicators on a track ony car, but if you're going to fit them, at least do it safely and properly. Gordon Murray is a smart man and a great designer, so I am sure there's a perfectly understandable reason for this, but I want to know why, because I think this is barmy.
**If you want to learn more about GMA's new T.50s then check out Mike Fernie's article!