Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Dario Franchitti, has joined Gordon Murray Automotive in a development role as the British hypercar maker forges ahead with production of its recently revealed GMA T.50.
Franchitti’s role will see him take on development work of both the GMA T.50 road car as well as the T.50s track-focussed version of the 3.9-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 hypercar.
“As a passionate road car fan, it’s exciting to be involved in the development of the T.50,” said Franchitti.
“It is going to be such an incredible car. A supercar designed and engineered with no compromises. It’s also a dream come true to work with and learn from Gordon Murray who is someone I have always had the greatest admiration for, both as an engineer and a friend. I’m looking forward to working closely with Gordon and his brilliant team.”
Murray added that having the experienced racer on board was vital to achieving his aim of creating the most driver-focussed car ever made.
“I have been a friend and admirer of Dario for many years and I am delighted that he has joined the Gordon Murray Group family,” said Murray.
“His role will help us to hone the T.50 as the most driver-centric supercar ever built. His skills as a driver need no introduction but his well-known appreciation of road cars is rare for a racing driver in my experience.
“His relationship with our business will go far deeper. Dario will help us fully establish the Gordon Murray brand, with input and involvement in all future product decisions.”
As well winning the Indianapolis 500 three times, Scottish-born Franchitti is a four-time Indycar Series champion as well as a winner of the Daytona 24 Hours.
Deliveries of the GMA T.50 will begin in early 2022. Only 100 will be produced. The track-focussed T.50s will be even rarer, with just 25 examples set to roll out of the factory when it goes into production in 2023. Despite a price tag of around $5.7 million, all 25 examples were sold within 48 hours of its unveiling.