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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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The Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built.

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The Lotus Evija is Britain's first all-electric hypercar. Its powertrain delivers a minimum of 986 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, with its upper limits reaching near 1,973 horsepower, making it the most powerful series production road car ever built.

The British automaker is showing off the prowess of the Evija for the first time on the track. A new video (vailable below) showcases the model at the 2.2-mile track at Hethel, Lotus's headquarters.

Piloting the Evija is Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus. In the video, he provides extensive new commentary on key elements of the Evija project as on-board cameras reveal the capabilities of the car.

Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus, pilots the car in the video.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

In the film, Kershaw takes the audience through the development journey of the Evija from the earliest discussions amongst Lotus staff to today.

The model features five drive modes, each designed to enhance a different part of the Evija driving experience. Range mode is limited to 986 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, switching the Evija from four-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, in an effort to save power.

The City driving mode adds power Control, compared to the Range mode, by increasing regenerative braking ability, which is optimal for urban environments.

In Tour mode, the drive system is switchable to four- or rear-wheel drive. This drive mode delivers 1,381 horsepower and activates torque vectoring technology.

The car's Sport and Track mode deliver the most power and performance. Sport mode ups the power to 1,677 horsepower and 1,254 pound-feet of torque, and increases traction levels. Using Track mode, power is boosted to 1,973 horsepower. The car's Drag Reduction System is available on request to deliver the highest level of torque vectoring technology available. In this mode, the chassis setting is automatically switched to Track.

Lotus has given the Evija a top track speed of 200 mph.

Lotus Evija development prototype on test at Hethel www.youtube.com

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The Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey is one chapter in the nine-year Aventador story.

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The Lamborghini Aventador story stretches from 2011 to today, encompassing 10,000 models. The super luxury Italian automaker celebrated the landmark V12 model crossing the end of the production line this week in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

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The Aventador debuted in 2011 as a coupe, known as the Aventador LP 700-4. It had a carbon fiber monocoque produced in the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory combining the cockpit, floor, and roof of the car in a single structure improving structural rigidity. A new high-performance V12 engine was developed exclusively for the car. It reached 700 horsepower and sent a quickness benchmark getting from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and had a top speed of 217 mph.

The roadster version of the Aventador debuted in November 2012. The roof is comprised of two sections and made almost entirely of carbon fiber. Each section of the roof weighs less than 13 pounds.

Lamborghini Aventador J

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At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador J (as seen above) was revealed, showing an "open" super sports car with the exterior and interior combining into one structure. The roof and windscreen were gone. It was designed to travel at speeds over 186 mph.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage

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In 2016, the Aventador Miura Homage (as seen above) bowed as a special series coupe that paid homage to the Miura, the forerunner to Lamborghini's V12 super cars, and celebrated that model's 50th anniversary.

A new Lamborghini Aventador S was introduced later that year featuring a new exterior, revised suspension, additional power, and a thorough reworking of the company's driving dynamics. The "S" denotes enhanced versions of pre-existing Lamborghini models. Its 6.5-liter V12 delivered 40 horsepower more than the original and offered a new Ego driving mode, which offered customization of various drive dynamics and throttle settings.

Lamborghini Aventador  SVJ

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The Aventador SVJ (as seen above) was offered starting in 2018. "SV", as per tradition, stands for Superveloce, and the "J" stands for "Jota", which denotes the car's superiority on the track and in terms of performance. The car held the lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track and was limited to 900 units.

The SVJ 63, a special edition with a unique setup that features an extensive use of carbon fiber, was produced in only 63 examples to pay tribute to the year Automobili Lamborghini was founded: 1963.

Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey

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A one-off model, the Aventador S by Skyler Grey (as seen above), was unveiled last year, fusing together the concept of street art with the design of the Aventador. Artist Skyler Grey used the main techniques of street art – airbrushing, spray guns, rollers and stencils – to personalize the car body in his typical Pop style in orange and yellow. The car was painted in three weeks in Lamborghini's new paint shop.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Chassis 10,000

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Chassis number 10,000 is an Aventador SVJ Roadster (as seen above) that wears a Grigio Acheso (grey) paint job and Rosso Mimir (red) livery and Ad Personam interior in Rosso Alala (red) and black. The car is destined for the Thai market.

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