After announcing the T.50 hypercar, Gordon Murray said the three-seater’s high-revving Cosworth V12 engine would find a home in future supercars – and here is the first of them.
Called the T.33, this is a junior sibling to the full-fat T.50. And, despite featuring a more conventional two-seat layout, the T.33 still promises to be a hugely capable supercar, and one that is borne out of Murray’s famously fastidious attention to lightweight design.
Limited to no more than 100 examples, the T.33 is to be a globally homologated car sold for use worldwide, and is priced from £1.37m ($1.85m at today’s exchange rate) before taxes. The first cars are expected to be delivered to customers from early 2024.
The car is built on a newly developed carbon and aluminum super-lightweight architecture. As with the T.50, Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) plans to offer a “unique and highly personalized” ownership experience for T.33 customers.
To weigh under 1,100kg, the T.33 is powered by a reconfigured version of the naturally-aspirated, 3.9-liter V12 engine used by the T.50 flagship. In this form it will produce 615PS (607bhp) and rev to a scintillating 11,100rpm. GMA says the engine has an “ultra-rapid” response and delivers 70 percent of its 451Nm (333 lb ft) of torque at 2,500rpm, then 90 percent of torque between 4,500 and 10,500rpm. The overall effect, GMA says, is a drivetrain that is even more accessible than that of the T.50.
The T.33 will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a paddle-shift, semi-automatic transmission as an option. It can also be bought as either left- or right-hand-drive, and GMA’s Special Vehicle (SV) department promises a truly unique specification “only limited by the owner’s imagination.”
Murray said: “With the T.33, our second all-new car, we gave ourselves a very clear brief: to create another timeless design. It has been designed and engineered to the same exacting standards as our T.50, with the same emphasis on driver focus, performance, lightweight and superlative, pure design, but the outcome is a very different motorcar. This is a car where comfort, effortless performance and day to day usability are even more front and center in its character.”
Although closely related to that of the T.50, the T.33’s V12 engine has modified cylinder heads, completely new camshafts, variable valve timing and engine mapping, along with a new ram induction intake system and a new exhaust. The latter promises to deliver “a spine-tingling GMA signature sound unmatched by any other car on the road today.”
Speaking about the exterior of the T.33, which is somewhat simpler than the angular and often fussy designs of other contemporary supercars, Murray said: “As with the T.50 and T.50s, each component and every curve and radius is a bespoke design on the T.33 and is there because it has a function to perform. Our slavish adherence to the concept of engineering art extends far beneath the surface of the T.33’s body. Every part, no matter how small and no matter that the owner may never see it, is designed to the same exacting standards as the body.”
Harking back to Murray’s career as a Formula One designer, the T.33 is built around a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque that, in part, goes towards the car weighing some 300kg less than the average supercar. Meanwhile, the driver and passenger are protected by a Formula One-inspired ‘safety cell’.
Inside, there are no touchscreens to be found. Instead, GMA offers traditional, physical switchgear with the movement of control dials inspired by the feel of a high-end camera. The company says: “As with the exterior, nothing is included unless it serves a purpose and if there was a danger it would dilute the driving experience, then it was simply deleted from the development programme. The car is even devoid of column stalks, and instead, the indicators are operated by thumb-buttons on the carbon fiber steering wheel’s horizontal spokes.”
While there is no touchscreen, the T.33 still has an infotainment display, which runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A flood-lit, 120mm diameter rev counter is described by the company as “gloriously, defiantly analog”. Much like the rest of the car.