Legendary supercar creator, Gordon Murray – the man behind the iconic McLaren F1 – has revealed the inner workings of what could end up being one of the last great V12 engines of all time.
Details of the powerplant have finally been outlined, giving an insight into what could be one of the last non-turbo V12s to be created from scratch.
Technical specifications show the all-aluminium 3.9-litre V12 produces 487kW of power and 467Nm of torque, with a redline of 12,100rpm.
When fitted to the Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) T.50 supercar, weighing in at a reported 980 kilograms, this gives the vehicle a power-to-weight ratio of 497kW per tonne. For perspective, a McLaren P1 hypercar has a power-to-weight ratio of 482kW per tonne.
GMA claims the powerplant "will be the world’s highest revving, fastest responding, most power dense, and lightest naturally aspirated V12 road car engine".
The brief to Cosworth was to create a Formula One engine for the road, taking inspiration from V12 engines found in the Ferrari 250 GTO, the (Honda-powered) McLaren MP4/6 Formula One car of the early 1990s, and the (BMW-powered) McLaren F1.
Low-weight and sound were key in the development of the engine, and Gordan Murray insists it will be one of the best-sounding V12 engines ever created.
The engine will be paired with an H-pattern six-speed gearbox from British transmission company Xtrac.
The Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 supercar will be revealed in early August 2020.