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Gordon Murray Drives T.50 Supercar Prototype For First Time

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Legendary McLaren F1 Chief Engineer Gordon Murray has designed his own supercar and taken the T.50 XP2 Prototype out for the first test drive.
Gordon Murray with the T.50 XP2 Prototype for the first test drive. Credit: GMA
Gordon Murray with the T.50 XP2 Prototype for the first test drive. Credit: GMA

Last year Gordon Murray announced he would be creating his own supercar known as the T.50 and powering it with the world’s lightest and highest-revving 3.9-liter V12 engine.

Described as his “ultimate car design,” the T.50 is the 50th car design in Gordon Murray’s extensive career and aims to supersede his legendary work on the iconic McLaren F1 in every possible way, thanks to the advancement of materials and an additional 30 years of development experience.

Gordon Murray taking his first test drive.
Gordon Murray at the wheel of the T.50 XP2 Prototype. Credit: GMA

Now Gordon Murray Automotive has released images and footage of Murray taking the first test drive in the T.50 XP2 Prototype around the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold, Surrey, UK.

Taking the T.50 XP2 around the track for the first time.
Taking the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 XP2 Prototype around the track. Credit: GMA

Seated in the center of the 3-seater prototype and riven with limited revs, Murray only pushed the engine to 3,000rpm (only a quarter of its 12,100rpm capability) but still appeared more than happy with the results noting in the video “You can tell when a car’s going to be good, you know it [the T.50] just feels so good already.”

"The T.50 felt fantastic on my first drive" - Gordon Murray. Credit: GMA
“The T.50 felt fantastic on my first drive” – Gordon Murray. Credit: GMA

In a statement to Road & Track, Gordon Murray additionally shared, “The XP2 prototype is currently running at considerably less revs than its 12,100-rpm limit, yet 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 center of the car once again with great all-round visibility and I can see how much the owners will enjoy this experience.”

The T.50's not-so-secret weapon: the giant 15.7-inch central fan at the rear of the vehicle. Credit: GMA
The T.50’s not-so-secret weapon: the giant 15.7-inch central fan at the rear of the vehicle. Credit: GMA

The T.50 is priced at £2.36m (before taxes) and limited to 100 vehicles in total. Production is set to begin in early 2022, not far from where the test drive took place.

Gordon Murray test drive.
Murray and team with the T.50
Test drive at the track Dunsfold, Surrey, UK.

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Rolls-Royce Reports Highest First-Quarter Sales in 116-Year History

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Rolls-Royce has revealed their first-quarter sales between 1 January and 31 March 2021 are the highest in the brand’s 116-year history.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös is optimistic for 2021. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered the highest-ever first-quarter sales results in the luxury auto-maker’s 116-year history, in the first three months of 2021.

Delivering 1,380 vehicles to customers between 1 January and 31 March 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed these numbers are 62% up on the same period in 2020 thanks to sales growth in China, the USA, and Asia Pacific (although 2020 was undoubtedly affected by COVID-19 closures). The 2021 sales figures also surpassed their previous first-quarter sales record, which Rolls-Royce set in 2019.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars made a strong start to 2021, reflected today in our first-quarter sales figures, which are the highest in our 116-year history. With robust order books across our product range, particularly for the new Ghost and Cullinan, sales growing in key markets and Bespoke commissions running at record levels, our business is in excellent shape. We have every reason to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO.

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High demand for the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost edition. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce revealed demand for all models was extremely buoyant, with exceptionally high demand for the new Ghost launched in 2020 and the sporty SUV Cullinan, along with bespoke commissions filling the order books well into the second half of 2021.

Bespoke commissions have also remained at the record levels seen in 2020, with several outstanding individual examples already delivered this year, including the Koa Phantom and Iridescent Opulence Phantom.

All 20 of the Phantom Tempus Collection cars have been allocated to customers worldwide.

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Bugatti Delivers 300th Chiron of 500 Limited Edition Vehicles

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Bugatti has delivered the 300th Chiron hypercar built at their atelier in Molsheim, leaving only 200 of the 500 limited production to be built.
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and the Management Board with hte 300th Chiron. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and the Management Board with the 300th Chiron. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has announced the completion of the 300th Chiron model since production first started production in 2016 at the atelier in Molsheim, France. With total production limited to 500 hand-built vehicles in total, only 200 customers remain who will have the option to customize their own exactly how they like.

A Chiron Pur Sport in "Nocturne" exterior paint. Credit: Bugatti
A Chiron Pur Sport in “Nocturne” exterior paint. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti stands for the most extraordinary, most powerful and most elegant hyper sports cars in the world. With the now 300th vehicle produced, we are again showing our competence in quality and customization,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “The Chiron Pur Sport is guaranteed to give customers pleasure. In addition to its unbelievable driving performance, it combines highest engineering and design skill as well as superb craftsmanship.”

Only 60 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport's will be produced at €3 million each. Credit: Bugatti
Only 60 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s will be produced at €3 million each. Credit: Bugatti

Of all the Bugatti Chiron’s produced to date, the 300 have been a mixture of the original Chiron models along with variants including the 110 Ans Bugatti Chiron Sport developed to celebrate 110 years of Bugatti, the Les Légendes du Ciel Chiron Sport that celebrates the aviation history of Bugatti’s historic racing drivers, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, Chiron Pur Sport and the special Chiron Noire edition.

Powered by Bugatti's iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti
Powered by Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine. Credit: Bugatti

The 300th Chiron to leave Molsheim was a highly customized Pur Sport edition in black “Nocturne” exterior paint color for the main bodywork and “Grey Carbon” and “Gun Powder” for additional external elements, including the mirror arms, outer mirror housings, windshield wipers and Bugatti’s signature C-line.

Featuring the Pur Sport Interior Package in "Beluga Black". Credit: Bugatti
Featuring the Pur Sport Interior Package in “Beluga Black”. Credit: Bugatti

The customer also selected the Pur Sport Interior Package in “Beluga Black” for the leather and Alcantara with the seams in “Gris Rafale,” and paid special tribute to Ettore Bugatti’s brother Rembrandt, an artist with a talent for sketching animals, with a drawing of his dancing elephant featuring on the headrests.

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds. Credit: Bugatti
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has revealed only 60 Chiron Pur Sport editions will be built in total, with the majority expected to be delivered to their owners this year.

In addition, Bugatti is also planning to build the world’s most expensive and exclusive later this year – the one-off $18.7 million La Voiture Noire that was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019.

Bugatti Chiron 300 Produced Rear Details
Bugatti Chiron 300 Production Front Grille

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The Customized Rolls Royce Cullinan of Google Exec Ben and Christine Sloss

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Automotive and racing enthusiasts Ben and Christine Sloss have added a new bespoke Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan to their already impressive garage.
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The new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan created for Ben and Christine Sloss. Credit: Rolls-Royce

No strangers to the Rolls-Royce brand, Ben and Christine Sloss were first acquainted with the brand back in 2014 at Pebble Beach when looking for a suitable two-door coupe with four useable seats for adults and more recently with the delivery of a bespoke Dawn Black Badge 2018.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Side View
Eye-catching exterior in Pikes Peak Blue with Forge Yellow detailing. Credit: Rolls-Royce

This time Ben, who is the VP of engineering at Google, along with his racing enthusiast wife Christine, who competes in the Ferrari FXX program and challenges, settled on a new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan inspired by the couple’s well-known racing livery – a blue and yellow combination that borrows from the colors of the flag of Modena in Northern Italy and is applied across all of their race cars.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Rear View
The reverse color scheme of Ben’s 2018 Black Badge Dawn. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Finished in the reverse color scheme of Ben’s 2018 Black Badge Dawn, the new Cullinan features a unique bespoke Pikes Peak Blue paint, named in homage to one of their favorite hill-climb races along with Forge Yellow detailing on the famous Rolls-Royce hand-painted coachline, wheel-center pinstripes and brake calipers.

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Pantheon grille

The Cullinan’s brushed metal technical clock has also been created with the same color scheme utilizing Navy Blue Anodised brushed stainless steel and Forge Yellow accents.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Details Interior
The Sloss’s Black Badge Cullinan interior carries over the race livery colors. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Other bespoke additions to the Sloss’s new Cullinan include engraved names on the front door treadplates – Benjamin on the Driver’s side and Christine on the Passenger’s side – monogrammed navy-blue leather seats in Forge Yellow and door panels featuring Christine’s personal racing logo – a stylized stiletto in embroided leather.

The new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan will now be at home amongst other vehicle’s in the Sloss’s garage like a Ford GT MKII, Christine’s Ferrari FXXK EVO, Porsche Taycan Turbo S, Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, Ferrari GTC4 Lusso and a Ferrari F12TDF to name a few.

Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Spirit of Ecstasy
Spirit of Ecstasy milled from a single billet of carbon fiber. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls Royce Cullinan Google Ben Christine Sloss Wheels
Brake calipers and wheel pinstripe in Forge Yellow. Credit: Rolls-Royce

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