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With a naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 that revs faster than the speed of light and a literal fan affixed to the rear, T.50 from Gordon Murray Automotive is a special hypercar. And while it was built to be somewhat civilized on the road, it really is tuned to be a joy on the track. The designer of McLaren F1 recognized the need for a truly everyday supercar, so he created this: the T.33.
At first glance, the T.33 looks like a T.50 lightweight“While the T.50 costs $3 million, the T.33 is priced affordably. $1.85 million. And where the T.50 tips the scales at a featherweight 2,173 pounds, the creature comforts of the T.33 land it at 2,403 pounds. It’s not something to complain about, considering it’s pretty much dead even with a new Miata.
But elsewhere, the T.33 makes fewer compromises than you might think. Of course, there is no fan. But there’s still that gem of a V12, with all its 3.9 liters. It was “retuned rather than detuned,” Murray said gracefully Top of the line, now hitting a redline of 11,000 rpm and developing 607 horsepower in the T.33, as opposed to the T.50’s 653 hp. As well, unlike the six-speed manual-only T.50, the T.33 can be ordered with paddle shifters. Not that anyone is doing it right now – the designer said Driver it pre-sold half of the 100 series, and so far only two customers have opted out of the H-model.
Here’s what else he had to say about the powertrain, again courtesy of Top Gear:
Murray says cautiously, the changes encompassing modified cylinder heads, all-new camshafts, variable valve timing and reworked engine mapping. There’s also a new induction intake intake, a new exhaust system, and engine mounts and cooling are all T.33-specific. “I always wanted to do a motorized car where the airbox is mounted on the engine like a Formula 1 car from the 70s,” says Murray. “On the T.33, it moves independently of the car even though it goes over the roof.”
Speaking of which, this airbox is a nice addition to one of Murray’s classically simple designs. The guy was candid about the garish aesthetics and showmanship of modern hypercars, and every time he says the same, I raise my arms in approval. The T.33 takes a lot of inspiration from classics like the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale – a car that Murray cites as one of his all-time favourites. You can see it in the unbroken, wrap-around canopy of the cockpit and engine cover, and the slack haunches with barely a defined edge. There doesn’t seem to be a flat or nearly flat surface on the entire car.
I would say the front end is a bit mundane and generic – the headlights remind me of the Ferrari California, the Jaguar CX-75 or even the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta. It’s a bit dated, a bit early 2010s, but at least it’s not plotting ways to eat you with its five jaws.
We know Murray can make a great driver’s car, so personally I’m more interested in why the T.33 is so good in daily routine compared to, say, an Audi R8. Another excerpt sheds some light on this, but not enough:
We couldn’t sit in the T.33, but Murray is zealous for expensive analog switches and even more demanding to deliver the perfect riding position. What it doesn’t like, however, are the touchscreens, although there is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A 120mm diameter illuminated tachometer takes center stage, and controls for aero, lighting and climate control are arranged around the driver. There’s 280 liters of luggage space, room for six decent-sized suitcases.
280 liters translates to 9.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and in the T.33, it is divided into three compartments: a trunk and two side areas, just in front of the rear wheels. the Corvette C8 has 12.6 cubic feet of combined space, for comparison.
I know this is of absolutely no consequence to anyone who can afford any of these things, but I will give $100 to the first T.33 owner who releases a 1 year review. However, my condition is that they are better use the damn thing. Pick up the kids from school in it; take it on every nerve-wracking journey to and from the yacht. Someone has to evaluate these claims. However, it will take a minute before this is possible, as deliveries will not start until 2024.