Interestingly, by creating a “virtual longtail” Streamline Mode cuts drag by 12.5% and produces 15 kg of thrust while reducing consumption and downforce. V-Max Boost, the most extreme T.50 mode, uses the characteristics of Streamline Mode, as well as the car’s 48-volt integrated startergenerator and ram-air induction to boost power to 515 kW for short bursts.
In partnership with the active rear spoilers and interactive diffusers, the 400 mm rear-mounted fan increases downforce by 50% (in Braking Mode 100% more downforce is generated); reduce drag by 12.5%; add around 37 kW to output in combination with ram-air induction, and cut braking distance by 10 m from 240 km/h. Importantly, ESP and traction control can be disabled entirely.
According to Murray the steering delivers pinpoint accuracy, and the weighting of the H-pattern 6-speed X-trac manual transmission and the titanium throttle pedal is perfect. Using Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S 19” front and 20” rear tyres also saves weight, as they are narrower than a typical supercar tyre.
To minimise un-sprung mass, the wheels, hubs, and suspension arms are forged from a lightweight blend of aluminium alloy and optimum stopping power, and further weight saving, is ensured by Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs.
Far from just a track-focused tool, the T.50, according to Murray, offers day-to-day usability, practicality refinement and comfort alongside its ferocious performance. Says Murray: “No other road car can deliver the package of power, instant responsiveness and driver feedback in such a direct and focused way while remaining comfortable, refined and usable every day.”
Only 100 of this “true British sportscar”, promising to deliver an unsurpassed driving experience, will be built in-house from January 2022 with its base price set at a whopping R52.5-million – excluding taxes…