There’s no number put on the sound this V12 makes, just another “world’s best” promise that among road cars it will be right up at the top. Like the F1 before it, induction noise from the ram-air inlet in the car’s roof is piped direct into the cabin, so the car stays hushed on part throttle but gets very angry when you press down on what will most definitely be the loud pedal.
“You can never get a great sound from a turbocharged engine,” Murray tells us. “The T.50 engine sound is going to be phenomenal. As you push towards the upper end of the rev range the V12 will sing like nothing else on the road.”
Another thing the engine has to do: look good. The designer says he is taking a leaf from the McLaren F1 book and showing off the V12 in all its naked glory as an antidote to too many messy and half-hidden supercar engines. So there are no carbon or plastic covers or belt-driven ancillaries (everything in the engine is gear-driven) to spoil the show, and to ensure a good view, the V12 is visible beneath twin rear panels which hinge open from the car’s spine, gullwing fashion.
The engine, mated to a bespoke six-speed manual ‘box from Xtrac and driving the rear wheels only, sets another road car record on weight, says GMA. With a 13kg crankshaft and titanium conrods, valves and clutch housing, the alloy V12 tips the scales at just 178kg. The gearbox weighs 80.5kg. This entire drivetrain forms a semi-structural part of the car while its compact dimensions, and notably low crank height, contribute to the T.50’s low centre of gravity.
The aim is for the T.50 to be the lightest supercar overall. GMA says it is on target to come in at under a tonne, 980kg to be precise, and consequently deliver what GMA describes as the ultimate responses and driver engagement. Obviously the car’s performance won’t be lacking, but as for specifics GMA is keeping them up its sleeve for now.
“More than half of any truly great driving experience is delivered by the engine, so right from the start I set the highest possible benchmark – to create the world’s greatest naturally-aspirated V12,” says Gordon Murray. “I started my career as an engine designer, so conceiving and specifying a 100 per cent bespoke V12 for the T.50 was a joy and something I’ve been waiting to do for years.”