Dario Franchitti joins Gordon Murray Automotive

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Dario Franchitti, the Scottish race legend, motorsport commentator and three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, has joined Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) to help with the development work for the T.50 supercar and the track-focused T.50s.

The T.50 is being engineered to be what GMS describes as “the most driver-centric supercar ever built”. The car weighs just 986kg, and is powered by a bespoke Cosworth-developed 3.9-litre V12, claimed to be the world’s lightest and highest-revving naturally aspirated road car engine. Just 100 of the cars will be built, with customer deliveries due to begin in early 2022. The T50s is an even ligher and more powerful race-focused version of the car, just 25 of which are being sold, with production due to begin in 2023.

Professor Gordon Murray, founder of GMA said, “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. 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.”

Dario Franchitti added, “As a passionate road car fan, it’s exciting to be involved in the development of the T.50. 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.”

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