07/10/21

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 to make its public debut at Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Members Meeting - Press Article

  • First ever public show of the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 supercar at 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on Saturday 16 and 17 October 2021
  • 50 will make its dynamic debut, taking to the track at the Goodwood Motor Circuit over the weekend
  • A selection of Gordon Murray-designed heritage cars confirmed to be displayed on-site, including the GMA T.50s Niki Lauda track car
  • Watch Dario Franchitti drive the T.50 Mule ‘George’ at 12,100 RPM for the first time

Surrey, 7 October 2021 - Gordon Murray Automotive and Goodwood are delighted to announce that the renowned British marque will showcase its ground-breaking T.50 supercar for the first time in public at the 78th Members’ Meeting (16-17 October).

Over the weekend, the 3.9-litre V12 650bhp T.50 will take to the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit for a five-lap run, marking its dynamic debut. Also on display will be the track-focused T.50s Niki Lauda show car.

Alongside the T.50 and T.50s Niki Lauda, Gordon Murray Automotive will also display a collection of prestigious heritage vehicles that highlight Gordon’s light-weighting ethos, an attribute that he still applies to vehicle design today. These include:

  • 1975 Brabham BT44B
  • 1967 IGM Ford (T.1)
  • 1972 IGM Formula 750 (T.4)
  • 1992 LCC Rocket (T.21)
  • 1972 Duckhams Ford LM (T.3)

Goodwood is looking forward to welcoming long-time friend of its motorsport events, Gordon Murray, to 78th Members’ Meeting next weekend. Gordon was in attendance at the first-ever Festival of Speed in 1993 when the lightweight, high-performance Rocket made its world debut. Now, nearly 30 years later, Goodwood is delighted to be hosting the dynamic debut of the T.50 at the most intimate of its three headline motorsport events.

Professor Gordon Murray CBE “There’s no better place to show and demonstrate the T.50 than the Goodwood Members Meeting. It’s been frustrating not to be able to show our supercar before, but for everyone intending to visit Goodwood, it will certainly be worth the wait. I’m looking forward to it - it’s going to sound superb.”

The Duke of Richmond said, “Gordon Murray is one of the most influential car designers of our time and has been part of our motoring events since the beginning. I am thrilled that the T.50 will be launched at the Members’ Meeting, the perfect backdrop to bring two iconic British brands together.”

Image credit: Gordon Murray Automotive / Richard Pardon

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Notes to editors

Watch the latest video of the Millbrook series, where Dario Franchitti drives the T.50 mule car 'George' at the Millbrook Test Centre, experiencing the full 12,100 RPM of the GMA Cosworth V12 ahead of driving one of the 3 XP cars.

About Gordon Murray Automotive
Gordon Murray Automotive creates exclusive low volume sports cars – the T.50 supercar will be the brand’s first model with customer cars built from January 2022. Its sister car, the T.50s Niki Lauda, goes into production one year later. The company is a sister company to Gordon Murray Design and was first announced in November 2017 during an exhibition, named ‘One Formula’, which celebrated Murray’s 50 years of car design.

About Professor Gordon Murray, CBE
Having spent 20 years as Technical Director to two Formula One teams from 1969-1990 Gordon Murray has a wealth of technical, design and engineering experience. At Brabham he was instrumental in two world championship wins (1981 and 1983) before three consecutive championship wins with McLaren Racing (1988, 1989 and 1990). In 1990 – after 50 Grand Prix wins – Gordon moved away from Formula One to concentrate on establishing a new company for the group, McLaren Cars Limited.

His first project there, the F1 road car, is still regarded as one of the world’s best-engineered cars. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1995. McLaren Cars then completed several other successful projects culminating in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

Gordon left McLaren in 2005 to set up a Gordon Murray Design Ltd (in 2007), of which he is Chairman. The innovative British company is a world leader in automotive design and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping, and development.

In 2017, Gordon Murray Design celebrated the company’s 10-year anniversary along with that of the iStream® manufacturing process at a special event, named ‘One Formula’. Gordon also marked the 25th production anniversary of the McLaren F1 road car, and his 50th year of design and engineering.

In May 2019, Professor Murray was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, in recognition of his contributions to the motorsport and automotive sectors over the past 50 years.

Social media
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The 78th Members’ Meeting will take place from Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 October.

A limited number of tickets for 78th Members’ Meeting are available to the GRRC community. Join the Fellowship to secure tickets or watch the exclusive live stream over the weekend.

Contact
For more information about the Members’ Meeting and Goodwood’s motorsport events, please contact Katharine Morgan, Motorsport & Automotive Press Officer: Katharine.Morgan@goodwood.com

For all other press enquiries please contact: media@goodwood.com

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About the Members’ Meeting

The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is an epic weekend of motor racing founded by the Duke of Richmond, which aims to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings held at Goodwood throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

As well as a full programme of racing, the Members’ Meeting features all kinds of cars from classic tin-tops and GTs, to motorcycles and open wheeled Formula 3 and F1 machines, offering visitors a friendly and intimate atmosphere with no crowds, thanks to being exclusively available to GRRC Members and Fellowship. A winning formula of spectacular cars, high-speed track demonstrations, fun-packed festivities and great entertainment; along with the very best food and drink. Joining the GRRC Fellowship is the only way to become a full GRRC Member.

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