Well, this is rather huge news for fans of Gordon Murray’s “world’s most driver-centric supercar” – the GMA T.50. The XP2 development mule has hit the track and turned a wheel for the very first time.
Oh, and not just any track either. Gordon Murray Automotive’s headquarters is down at Dunsfold, so the T.50 will in part be developed at the Top Gear test track. Should be rather handy, then.
Now, it’s not quite a speakers-up or headphones-on moment, because the glorious 3.9-litre naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 was limited to just 3,000rpm, someway short of the 654bhp unit’s 12,100rpm limit.
But then the XP2 represents the first time the T.50’s body has been formally introduced to its engine, and there’ll be many more prototypes to follow as development continues.
For now, it’s just nice to get a look at the 986kg three-seater in some form of action. That exposed carbon fibre bodywork looks mega, doesn’t it? With the fan on the back and its relatively compact proportions, it looks like Batman has commissioned a ‘sensible’ city car for his daily commute.
After his jaunt, Murray said: “The T.50 felt fantastic on my first drive. The car was responsive, agile and rewarding to drive. It was a fantastic experience to be sitting in the centre of the car once again with great all-round visibility and I can see how much the owners will enjoy this experience. Obviously, there’s still a lot of development miles to be completed and many more prototypes to build. But the trajectory of the T.50 development is where we want it to be.”