Gordon Murray Automotive has launched the track-only T.50s Niki Lauda supercar, unveiled on the legendary three-time F1 champion’s birthday. Like its road-going sibling, the T.50s is all about offering the ultimate driving experience.
The T.50s Niki Lauda was developed at the same time as the road-going T.50. While the overall proportions of the car remain unchanged, the body of the T.50s is newly designed and built with ultra-lightweight carbon fibre. The brand new, dramatic aerodynamic features boost performance ever further — the new track car produces up to 1500kg of downforce performance.
The most prominent new aero component is the central fin, which is adorned with a Niki Lauda logo. The big 400 mm fan at the back is borrowed directly from the T.50, but is now complemented with a huge delta wing and a bigger rear diffuser. It’s not just the back of the car that received a makeover, either — the front features barge boards sculpted to improve airflow to the side ducts for cooling purposes, plus an additional splitter and dive planes.
The T50.s’ Cosworth-designed V12 engine has seen some changes, too. The 3.9-litre motor weighs 16 kg less than the road-going V12, and is now capable of producing 725 hp and revving up to 12,100 rpm through the new Xtrac six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. The interior also focuses on weight reduction and an optimising driving experience. Keeping the central driving position, there’s only one passenger seat on T.50s, as the right seat has been replaced by a fire extinguisher system.
Only 25 examples of T.50s Nika Lauda will be built. Production will start January 2023, after the 100 examples of the road-going T.50 are completed.