An unfamiliar name set a new hill climb record in last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and surprised many in the audience. The Spéirling created by British electric car manufacturer McMurtry Automotive was driven by former F1 driver Max Chilton and completed the climb in just 39.08 seconds, breaking the record of the Volkswagen ID.R in 2019 by 0.82 of a second. Interestingly, the Spéirling was the first fancar to compete in an official motor race since 1978 and now, McMurtry has just announced that a road-legal version will be coming soon.
The name Spéirling means thunderstorm in Irish, and the pure electric single-seater hypercar was envisioned by businessman David McMurtry, who founded the company in 2016. Measuring roughly 3.5 m long, 1.7 m wide, 1.1 m tall, and weighing less than 1,000 kg, the car’s proportion is comparable to F1 cars of the 1960s. The sculpted aerodynamic carbon fibre body and overall lightness mean that even the detuned, road-legal version will still be able complete 0-60 mph dash in less than 2 seconds.
The fan system, inspired by the 1978 Brabham BT46 Formula 1 racer, can only be activated in track mode, and gives the car an instant downforce of 2,000 kg that can be delivered at a standstill, and can be boosted to 2,250 kg at 150 mph. While the hypercar’s technical specifications have yet to be unveiled, it will have a range of over 300 miles when fully charged. There is no official pricing or release date for the Spéirling, but McMurtry is already taking reservations for this wild machine.