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February 2, 2022

This "Everyday Supercar" Makes 615 Horsepower And Redlines At 11,100 rpm

Gordon Murray, the genius behind the McLaren F1 is following up on his bonkers T.50 supercar with this: the all-new T.33.

Designed to be more livable than the T.50, the two-seat, mid-engined T.33 still carries a potent V12 engine. Re-configured particularly for this super car, the 3.9-liter unit from Cosworth revs all the way to 11,100 rpm. Along the way, it produces a peak 615 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 451 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. 75 percent of its torque is available at just 2,500 rpm and 90 percent comes in from 4,500 to 10,500 rpm.

Moreover, the T.33 won’t just be available with a 6-speed manual, but it can be optioned with a 6-speed with an Instantaneous Gearchange System (IGS) paddle shift actuation. Developed by Xtrac, it’s combined with a low inertia clutch and a Limited Slip Differential.

Like the T.50, the T.33 is designed by Gordon Murray and his team to adhere to their strict principles. The result is a car that’s pure and simple with each component and curve all serving a function. It rides on exceptionally light forged alloy wheels (each weighs less than 7 kilograms each) measuring 19s at the front and 20s at the back. Tires measure 235/35R19 at the front and 295/30R20 at the back.

The T.33 is built on a carbon fiber monocoque which delivers a balance of torsional rigidity and lightness. With a target curb weight of 1,100 kilograms, it’s about 300 kilograms lighter than the average supercar.

Inside, the T.33 eschews most touch screens. No touchscreens are found within its simply designed cabin. 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. And while all of the main controls are rotary and analog, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard.

For the driver, a flood-lit 120-mm diameter rev counter sits at the center, while the rest of the controls—whether primary or secondary—are machined from aluminum alloy for a wonderfully tactile feel. The pedals too are crafted from aluminum alloy, providing a perfect combination of strength and lightness that delivers exceptional control and sensitivity to the driver.

The T.33 also uses Gordon Murray’s iStream carbon seats with a cored honeycomb structure, while 280 liters of luggage space—found in the front and the side “lockers” are enough for six suitcases.

Not more than 100 variants of the T.33 will be produced. All of the cars will be built in Surrey, England where every single part of the car will be personalized to the owner. It will even be homologated worldwide and will be available in both left- and right-hand drive.

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