GMA T.50 Humiliates Koenigsegg Jesko’s Speed Record

Turbo V8 Won’t Catch Naturally Aspirated V12

A ground-breaking speed record has been set by the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 and its astonishing 3.9-liter, naturally-aspirated Cosworth V12. At Top Gear, we have been closely tracking this extraordinary hypercar since it was unveiled, and in the accompanying video clip Nik Hoyle, Chief Engineer for GMA, divulged that the engine’s rotational velocity is significantly higher than first anticipated – on top of its already impressive power output.

Initially, it was claimed that the engine could achieve an average rate of increase of 28,400 revolutions per second; however, now that its development has concluded, the final results reveal a staggering 52,000 rpm a second. As such, it can reach its peak 12,100 rpm in less than one-fourth of a second.

What could be causing such a significant transformation, and how far behind is the competition? A thorough examination of the data is necessary to uncover the root of the issue and to determine exactly how far back the opposition lies.

FIRST DRIVE: GMA T.50 – McLaren F1 Successor’s 900-mile road trip

Almost two years ago, Koenigsegg declared the twin-turbo V8 from their Jesko to have the premier rev rate of any mass-produced motor. Benefiting greatly from the omission of a flywheel (similarly to the GMA T.50), it takes the 5.0-liter V8 only 213 millisecond to move up to its 7,800 rpm limit. In nearly equal time, the T.50 can reach an extra 4,300 rpm.

To give the figures context, the Lexus LFA had to utilize a digital tachometer since it was too hard for a standard needle to keep up with the Yamaha-engineered V10’s velocity. This mechanism could rev from 900rpm to 9,000 rpm in 0.6 seconds – which equals out to a rate of approximately 13,500rpm/s. Nevertheless, the T.50’s V12 takes that to an extended level, accelerating at a rate almost four times faster.

Koenigsegg’s rate recorded a normal figure of 31,700 rpm/s with nothing to burden it, but when labour was applied, the Angelholm technicians identified utmosts of up to 46,000 rotations per second. Perhaps GMA’s original rating of the Cosworth V12 was also taken in an unloaded state, which could explain the sudden leap in noted velocity.

A total of one hundred of the original T.50s will be crafted, and it appears this video could potentially be the only footage in which individuals who do not work for GMA are actually piloting a pre-production exemplar – thus we emphatically encourage you to set the volume on your device to the highest setting so that you can fully experience the acoustic splendor (and watch as both doors and engine covers suddenly appear).

One hundred additional T.50s Niki Lauda track-exclusive supercars are set to be manufactured, and according to early sound clips, this seems destined to surpass the acoustic prowess of the standard auto. Quite possibly, it could also reclaim the record once again.

The T.50 puts forth that outrageous horsepower or extravagant styling is not mandatory for creating something remarkable and – more significantly – if one carefully concentrates on the minutiae, they can craft an item surpassing the most extravagant visions. Fingers crossed other auto companies – in and beyond the hypercar domain – take heed of this.

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