As Kevin Doyle, head of vehicle development at Gordon Murray Automotive, detailed to Franchitti, George features all the main T.50 components including the pedal box, headers and 12,100-rpm engine, which has been restricted to 4,000 rpm for its first startup. Earlier at Cosworth, the V12 got up to 8,000 rpm on the dyno.
After F1 XP1 was destroyed in Namibia while testing BMW’s V12, Gordon Murray had just four prototypes to use for the McLaren F1’s development. Three decades on, the T.50 project will require 13 XP cars before the validation process is over. T.50 prototypes first hit Millbrook’s emissions labs and test circuits, only to continue at Nardo in Italy and Idiada in Spain.