Same Naturally-Aspirated V12, 6-Speed Manual in Coupe Model
Unveiled by Gordon Murray Automotive, the brand-new T.33 Spider is an open-air version to the marvelous T.33 Coupe. The rev-happy 3.9-liter V12 engine belonging to the previous model has been rejigged for this new model – it now weighs in at 392 lbs, being officially recognized as the lightest of its kind produced for street driving. Developed by Cosworth, the engine delivers 608 horses and 333 lb-ft of torque to the rear axle with the help of a six-speed Xtrac manual transmission – there are no automatic versions available due to the extremely high demand for the manual variant witnessed from the coupe.
GMA isn’t overly concerned with numerical properties, therefore we aren’t privy to the exact 0 to 60 mph accelerant or the peak velocity; however, it’s doubtful that buyers would be attracted seeking superficial metrics. This supercar offers an incomparable immaculate sensation, and from all that has come to light, the Spider T.33 will certainly deliver.
“When I set out to create the T.33 Spider,” says Murray, “I knew that one of the most difficult tasks would be preserving the purity, balance, and elegance of the coupe. That’s why I drew up sketches of both designs together, to ensure that the proportions would be just right.” It’s clear from the look of the car that the Spider was indeed designed in tandem with the coupe, and Murray’s words back up this fact.
The result is a drop-top supercar with two removable panels (which, along with the rear deck, can come in body color or be painted in any hue you like) that still permit a central air scoop to force air into the engine. The T.33 Spider has an effect that is somewhere between a targa and a speedster, yet it does not include the double humps that are usually associated with the latter body style due to the fact that its “streamlined” design forgoes them.
Should you choose to indulge in al fresco motoring, the roof panels attach compactly into the 4.06 cubic foot storage area in the front of the vehicle. Most other supercars with detachable hardtops demand a difficult decision between bask in light and cabin space, but the T.33 has an ace up its sleeves. With the doors open, you can identify a button that pops open a 3.18 ft3 section on either side – somewhat like in the Pagani Huayra – plus it still maintains the usual engine compartment.
With the roof off or on, driving the Spider comes with a retractable rear window, either lowered for a better air-flow or lifted up to reduce disruption inside the cabin. What truly edges this sporty supercar’s practicality forward is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Located in the limelight here is a profusion of aluminum, carbon fiber, and leather. Rear bulkhead trim is now painted as a part of the frame to promote a sense of spaciousness. For the pilots, the car comes outfitted with a leather-trimmed carbon fiber steering wheel, alloy crafted pedals, switchgear, and the gear handle. The two bucket seats are built from carbon fiber, furnished with a diverse mixture of leather and Alcantara. At last, the cabin permits for unceasing reconfiguration based on the preferences of the driver. This interior’s design proves that it is beneficial to launch two similar vehicles simultaneously – the T.33’s cabin is ideal for cruising with the top off!
The seemingly synchronous progression of the two takes of the Spider has allowed for an amazing level of torsional rigidity, as both models are based on the same iStream carbon-fiber monocoque. Consequently, GMA’s obsessive pursuit of weight reduction has resulted in a targeted dry weight for the Spider of merely 2,442.7 lbs – a difference of less than 40 pounds from the coupe.
An essential part of the T.33 Spider’s remarkable success is that GMA created an electrohydraulic guidance system. This gives the same reaction as a regular hydraulic power steering system, but uses an instant electric pump and not an energy-consuming engine pump, thus making the guidance as effective as feasible.
Come the time to call it quits, Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes, clocking in at 370mm by 34mm, can be shared with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston brakes of 340 x 34mm found in the back.
Lightweight cast aluminium rims (19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the back) are encased with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres. It may look to be an impoverished decision for a car of such rarity, however it all falls into GMA’s quest to create vehicles that bring pleasure to operate. They specifically settled upon these tyres due to the amount of flexibility they bring during various climate situations and their prevalence, thus incentivising enthusiasts to drive the car as much as possible.
Prior to completion, owners have the choice to customize their cars to suit their desires precisely. For those who are in need of ideas, GMA presents four distinct pre-designed themes. Two of these embody two important tenets for the company: “Returning to Beauty” and “Engineering Art”. The third is based off of Murray Atholl tartan, and the last on Gordon’s fondness for bright, tropical shirts.
No more than one hundred copies are expected to be produced, akin to the spectacularly rapid sale of GMA’s preceding supercars. The sleek coupé sold out quickly, and as the final non-hybrid GMA model, we anticipate the Spider will prove similarly sought after.
Given the T.50 was recently granted clearance to enter manufacturing, the growth and confirmation process for the T.33 is soon going to be in effect. Contrarily to the T.50, the T.33 coupe and spider will be appropriate for driving on American roads. It is set at a cost of £1.89m (approximately $2.4 million) prior to taxes, with the price in USD determined by transaction rates at the point of purchase.
Production will start in the summer of 2025 upon conclusion of the T.33’s production, which is anticipated to begin in the autumn of 2024.