During Monterey Car Week, GMA debuted the T.50 and T.33, two of its supercars, in the United States for the first time at The Quail. The T.50 also made a few laps around Laguna Seca with Dario Franchitti at the wheel.
While GMA’s T.50 won’t pass emissions or crash tests, the company’s other car, the T.33, will.
Both vehicles have sold out, but more are on the way.
The company’s founder and supercar visionary, Gordon Murray, claims that it took a deep breath and an investment of $33 million to make the T.33 supercar fully legal for use on U.S. streets. Its first vehicle, a 641-horsepower T.50 that can rev to an incredible 12,100 rpm, is not, and will instead be imported under the show-or-display provision, just like Murray’s legendary first supercar, the McLaren F1.
Gordon Murray Automotive’s second vehicle, the slightly less extreme 592-hp T.33, satisfies all of the extensive Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), including all crash requirements, thanks to the substantial additional investment. The T.50’s central driving position is unacceptable, and the T.33’s standard two-seat layout is a result of the lack of incentive for creative and novel solutions. According to CEO Phillip Lee, the two cars are largely similar from a certification standpoint, with the exception of drive-by noise and crash requirements, both of which are met by the 4.0-liter Cosworth V-12 that powers both vehicles.
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During Monterey Car Week, we caught up with Murray and Lee at The Quail, an event where a slew of supercar manufacturers were hoping to attract the attention of the event’s affluent attendees in the hopes that they’ll make a spontaneous purchase. The T.50 and T.33 were displayed for the first time in the United States, and GMA also announced that it will establish a U.S. headquarters in eastern Florida at some point after 2024.
This is in tandem with the start of T.33 deliveries in 2024, which follows the 2023 end of T.50 production and the move to a new production facility. It’s true that the company is physically relocating all of its machinery from the Dunsfold, United Kingdom, plant to the nearby Windlesham location; the transition is expected to take about three months.
Both the $2.5 million T.50 and the $1.9 million T.33 were instantaneously sold out, and Murray has stated that the company will limit production on each of its cars to no more than 100. However, you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on one of Gordon Murray’s wonderfully obsessive supercar creations, as he has already announced plans to release two more vehicles and maintain a steady stream of new releases well into the next decade. What kind of a perfectionist are you? They didn’t just stop at making it extremely lightweight, having high horsepower and high rev limits, and caring deeply about the quality of the ride for the driver. To illustrate his point, Murray says, “every single thing on the motor car of the car is a piece of engineering art, even stuff owners will never see,” before mentioning how over a year and $1.5 million were spent to perfect the analog knobs’ feel and eliminate slop.
Murray suggests that if they had only made 100 T.50s, the price would have had to be £10 million each—nearly five times as expensive—so it’s good that they’re producing more than that.
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