The junior sibling to the T50 flagship is designed to be a daily driver and costs £1.4 million (roughly Rs 14 crore).
Gordon Murray Automotive has unveiled its second supercar, a “more practical” £1.4 million (roughly Rs 14 crore) stablemate to the three-seat, V12-powered T50 fan-car flagship that the company unveiled in August 2020.
The T33 is slightly longer than the T50 and has a cabin that can accommodate two people. It is built on an all-new carbon-aluminum monocoque chassis. The car is powered by a specially adapted version of GMA’s Cosworth-designed 3.9-litre V12 engine, which produces even more low-speed torque but has a slightly lower rev limit of 11,100rpm compared to 12,000rpm in the T50.
- The T33 is designed to be a daily driver
- The T33 reflects Murray’s love for 1960s exotics
- Two spin-offs of the T33 are planned
The T33 uses newly developed passive underbody aerodynamic principles to deliver aero downforce as speeds rise, rather than the T50’s innovative fan system, which works at any speed. This helps to maintain the T50’s status as GMA’s flagship. At the curb, the T33 weighs about 100 kilogrammes more than the T50, but it costs £1 million (roughly Rs 10 crore) less.
“If you can only have one supercar, the T33 is designed to be the one you should have,” said GMA founder and CEO Gordon Murray.
What are The Similarities and Differences Between The T50 and The T33?
Other than that, the two GMA models are very similar. Both are roughly the same length as the Porsche 718 Boxster, but weigh over 200 kilogrammes less. Despite the fact that their body proportions are vastly different (the T50’s screen is about 10-inches further forward to accommodate its centrally seated driver), they share a carefully crafted family look. The styling of both was created in-house with a small team of CAD modellers by Murray and his design assistant Kevin Richards.
Murray designed the T33 to reflect his passion for 1960s exotics (such as the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, Ferrari Dino 206 SP, and Lamborghini Miura) while also creating a more graceful, less cluttered shape than modern supercars.
Murray has identified what he believes are timeless details and forms that will feed his long-term goal of preserving the beauty and relevance of GMA cars in the decades to come, rather than copying his favourites.
“I’ve had the T33 in my head for about 25 years,” he explained, “but we didn’t have the facilities to make it until now.”
‘T’ numbers appear in all of my designs. The T25 and T27 were, for example, city cars, the T34 was our Ox flat-pack truck, and the T37 was the TVR [Griffith] project.”
“I’ve been planning a timeless supercar for a long time, and I thought about a 3.3-litre engine for it as well, so I reserved the number 33,” he continued. And now, at long last, we’re going to do it.”
GMA will produce only 100 T33 coupés, adhering to its previously stated “never more than 100” policy. Initial prototypes will be driven this summer, with cars arriving in 2024.
Two T33 spin-offs are in the works. They’ll most likely be a roadster and “some sort of track-specific model,” similar to the T50S Niki Lauda, according to Murray.
Despite its different proportions and the fact that it’s designed for two people rather than three, the T33 follows most of the same principles as the T50 (and before that, the seminal McLaren F1). The cabin is well-designed and spacious, and the occupants are protected by a carbon fibre safety cell. Many of the carbon fibre panels have a honeycomb core, and the major loads are carried by a light alloy frame. There are three luggage compartments: one in the nose and one ahead of each rear wheel that looks like a pannier. According to Murray, total luggage space is 280 litres, or “roughly the same as a small hatchback.”