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Gordon Murray Automotive enlists the help of racing legend Dario Franchitti

Gordon Murray Automotive and Dario Franchitti are joining up to develop the T.50 supercar.

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Dario Franchitti has one the Indianapolis 500 three times and the 24 Hours of Daytona once. He is a four time IndyCar Series champion. Now, Franchitti is a senior spokesperson for Gordon Murray Automotive. But, he's not just the spokesperson.

The Scot will be playing a key role int eh development work of the T.50 supercar and its racing-focused T.50s track variant. He will also be sharing the progress of the T.50 through exclusive videos. Franchitti's first appearance is on this exclusive tease video: Dario Franchitti - T.50 Vlog.

"I have been a friend and admirer of Dario for many years and I am delighted that he has joined the Gordon Murray Group family," said Professor Gordon Murray.

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50

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"His role will help us to hone the T.50 as the most driver-centric supercar ever built. His skills as a driver need no introduction but his well-known appreciation of road cars is rare for a racing driver in my experience. His relationship with our business will go far deeper. Dario will help us fully establish the Gordon Murray brand, with input and involvement in all future product decisions. We will also be putting his TV presenting skills to good use by producing videos that will enable everyone to follow the development and production of the T.50 and the racing-focused T.50s."

"As a passionate road car fan, it's exciting to be involved in the development of the T.50," said Franchitti. "It is going to be such an incredible car. A supercar designed and engineered with no compromises. It's also a dream come true to work with and learn from Gordon Murray who is someone I have always had the greatest admiration for, both as an engineer and a friend. I'm looking forward to working closely with Gordon and his brilliant team. I can't wait to get started and keep the world up-to-date on the T.50. progress with exclusive videos."

Customer deliveries of the T.50 will begin in early 2022. Only 100 will be made.

Just 25 T.50s will be produced. The model will enter production in 2023.

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Three Bugatti Divos have been delivered to U.S. customers.

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Three Bugatti customers on the West Coast have started 2021 off on a better note than the rest of us. Bugatti of Beverly Hills was recently able to deliver three of the four Bugatti Divo supercars that have been commissioned through the dealership to their new owners.

Each of the models has been customized to deliver the high-performance, exclusive drive and ride experience required by its commissioner. Ahead of their delivery, the three Divos took to the track together completing laps at The Thermal Club in Palm Desert, California.

The Divo itself is a unique Bugatti even before customization. It rides on new architecture that features more air inlets than other Bugatti models and a wide front spoiler that works to provide optimal air supply and aid with downforce. The car looks lower and longer than other Bugattis due to its slimmer side line. At the front of the grille is the traditional, 159-gram Bugatti emblem.

U.S.-bound Bugatti Divos

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Each model is powered by a 8.0-liter W16 engine that achieves 1500 horsepower. That engine can propel the car up to its 236 mph top speed.

Bugatti's Atelier in Molsheim is charged with the creation of each Divo. The first deliveries of the hyper sports cars took place in August 2020. By the end of the first months of 2021, all Divos will have been delivered to their new homes.

"To see these spectacular automobile works of art go from a piece of paper to sitting here in front of me is a phenomenal feeling," says Tim O'Hara, General Manager Bugatti Beverly Hills. "It was a very involved and lengthy process that demanded our best skills and expertise. To deliver 4 of only 40 to be built in the world and see the project through fruition is deeply gratifying."

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This unique car was built as a one-off for a special Lamborghini client.

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The SC20 pushes the limits of a road-worthy car and track car to the extreme, all in one body. Lamborghini Squadra Corse has designed the car as a unique specimen, the second one-off creation engineered by the company's motorsport department and designed by Centro Stile in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

The engine vehicle was created following the customer's wishes. That customers was involved in the project from the start, when the car was little more than an idea sketched by Lamborghini's designers. Ultimately the design process landed on a vehicle that has extreme performance and aesthetics.

"Two years after the SC18 Alston, the SC20 was a new, intriguing challenge. The chief sources of inspiration were the Diablo VT Roadster, Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S, and the result is a dramatic combination of creativity and racing attitude," said Mitja Borkert, Head of Design Lamborghini Centro Stile.

Lamborghini SC20

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Lamborghini engineers have polished the carbon fiber body of the car to deliver optimal airflow, ensuring both a high level of performance and comfort for the passengers, even at high speeds with the roof down. The front splitter is inspired by the Huracán GT3 EVO while the body is adopted from the Essenza SCV12. At the back is a carbon fiber wing that can be set in three different positions: Low, Medium and High Load.

The Lamborghini team painted the body of the car Bianco Fu (white), which was created explicitly for the customer. On top is a Blu Cepheus (blue) livery. The same shade is found in the interior, alternating with Nero Cosmus (black) and Bianco Leda (white).

There is visible carbon fiber on the dashboard, rear wall, door panels, center console, and steering wheel trim. The carbon fiber shells of the seats are upholstered in Alcantara and leather. The door handles on the other hand, are machined from solid aluminum. The car's air vents were created using 3D printing technology at the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory.

"The SC20 is a combination of sophisticated engineering, Italian craftsmanship, sportiness and advanced design. It is also an example of applying our V12 engine and carbon fiber to a radical open-top vehicle that unmistakably carries the Lamborghini DNA," said Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini.

It is powered by Lamborghini's flagship 6.5-liter V12 engine, which delivers 759 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) gearbox. The model comes equipped with a four-wheel drive system with central electronic differential. It rides on and the Pirelli PZero Corsa tires that are mounted on single-nut aluminum rims measuring 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the rear.

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