Gordon Murray Automotive already showed us its vision for a hypercar – somehow both thoroughly modern and celebrating traditional values – and now it’s cranking that up even further with a T.50s racing version. Announced last month, the GMA T.50 is everything you’d have hoped for and more from the father of the McLaren F1, from its trio of seats to the huge fan on the rear. However Murray wasn’t planning to stop there.
Part of the T.50’s charm is that it can be used everywhere: on the road, or on the track. For the GMA T.50s, however, any semblance of daily driver practicality has been thrown out, in favor of making a single-minded beast for racing.
“With an unwavering focus on performance, and free from road-going legislation and maintenance considerations, the T.50s will achieve astonishing performance on track, demonstrating the full extent of the car’s capabilities,” Murray explains. “We’ve thrown everything at pushing this car beyond the levels of anything that’s been done before – it’s a celebration of British engineering and our team’s extensive motorsport experience.”
The car – which will be branded differently when it finally launches, T.50s being a codename ahead of a “historically-significant” official name – takes the core of the T.50 shown above and then makes it even lighter and more powerful. At 1,962 pounds, it’s 207 pounds lighter than the road car. GMA stripped out the interior to help achieve that, with the cabin lacking the road version’s instrumentation, air conditioning, infotainment system and storage.
Even the carpets have been removed, along with one of the passenger seats. The driver, positioned centrally in a carbon fiber racing seat with a six-point harness, has an F1-style rectangular carbon fiber wheel. That has controls for traction and launch control, buttons for the pit-lane intercom and selecting neutral, and paddle-shifters for the transmission. Simple readouts for things like key engine and vehicle data, track lap times, and G-forces have been included. A single passenger seat is on the driver’s left.
Outside, there’s a new, huge delta wing on the rear. That’s almost 70-inches wide, and works alongside the 400mm fan, a new ground effect underbody aerofoil, front splitter, and adjustable diffusers, for downforce. That’s now over 3,300 pounds, 170-percent of the T.50s’ weight.
Gone are the various aero modes that the T.50 offers, with the T.50s eschewing them in favor of permanent High Downforce Mode. The underbody diffusor ducts are fully open as a result, and the fan runs at 7,000 rpm. An aero fin from the top of the roof to the rear of the car helps with cornering efficiency and stability.
When you’re slowing, meanwhile, there’s the potential for 2.5-3G under braking. “The aerodynamics are so effective that the T.50s would be capable of driving upside down,” Murray boasts, “and could do so at as little as 175mph.”
As for the engine, the Cosworth GMA V12 built specially for the project has been boosted as well. Its 3.9-liters now deliver around 720 horsepower – about 66 hp more than in the T.50 – with a free-flow exhaust system helping with the uptick in power and volume. The roof-mounted ram-air inlet now stands proud of the roof like an air-gobbling periscope, and there’s a new six-speed transmission.
The road-car’s manual gearbox has been sacrificed in favor of an Instantaneous Gearchange System (IGS) pre-selector, built by Xtrac. It has new drive ratios and is optimized for speed, unsurprisingly.
Most of the body panels have changed, and every element of the chassis. The rising rate suspension is carried over, but the spring rates, dampers, and front anti-roll bar have been modified with racing in mind. Everything sits on Michelin Cup Sport 2 rubber on forged magnesium wheels, with the same Brembo brakes as the road car doing slowing duty here on the T.50s, too. Finally, the whole thing runs lower: 40mm, in fact, front and rear.
Owners will get a “Trackspeed” individualization package, which will give a customizable and personalized racing experience along with T.50s adjustments to suit the owner. That’ll even go as far as suspension, chassis balance, and delta wing tweaks.
Sales of the T.50s have already begun, and GMA says that more than half of the mere 25 it intends to make have already been spoken for. That’s not bad going, considering it’s priced from £3.1m before taxes ($4.1m). As for the “regular” T.50, if you didn’t get your order in already, we’re afraid you’ll be disappointed: all 100 cars GMA will build were snapped up within 48 hours of the unveiling in August.
The Real Reason Canada Is Banning Huawei Technology
In an official statement, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Phillipe Champagne mentioned that the move ensures the long-term safety of the country’s telecom infrastructure. The decision was made after “a thorough review by our independent security agencies and in consultation with our closest allies,” says the statement.
The Canadian government claims to have conducted an extensive examination of 5G technology and arrived at the conclusion that — despite its benefits — the next-gen cellular technology opens the doors for new security threats. The government has raised concerns that Huawei and ZTE could be forced by the Chinese government to engage in activities that are not in Canada’s best interests. In the past, Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims of being influenced by the Chinese government and even has a dedicated 5G myth-busting resource page on their official company website.
China, on the other hand, has opposed the ban, claiming that it will take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being of Chinese companies. “We will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate interests of Chinese firms,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased
One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.
CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.
Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think
A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.
The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion).
Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”
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