Gordon Murray’s second supercar, T.33will be the street-legal in the United States, but making it legally drivable on public roads doesn’t come cheap. Gordon Murray confirmed that his company spent $33 million to undergo the testing and development necessary to meet all emissions and crash standards in the US, such as Car and Driver report.
Of course, to get a car through the rigorous standards both abroad and in the US is very expensive. Spending millions of dollars on a model is not without response Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standardsbut automakers know it’s part of the process of making models. Gordon Murray Cars However, the styling hardly resembles the mass-produced vehicles.
Similar to the GMA T.50T.33 will only be limited to 100 car models, making standard crash and emissions certification much more expensive for each-model basis. So that’s a good thing, selling is easier than making them: Gordon Murray confirms all models are sold out.
To accommodate all FMVSS, Gordon Murray had to be selective about what T.33 borrowed from its brother, T.50not the street-are legal in the United States and can only be brought into the country under the terms of display or display.
The design of T.33 had to be toned down, taking a milder approach than that of the T.50, which is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V12 making 650 horsepower that revs to 12,100 rpm. The T.50 weighs just 2,150 pounds and its cabin has a central driving position for the pilot only.
That was a no-go according to U.S. safety standards, so the T.33 will have a standard two-seat arrangement. Performance is below that of the T.50, but the less extreme T.33 still a supercar: it will be powered by the same 4.0 liter Cosworth V12, but will only make 592 hp and 333 lb-ft . of torque. The engine will also have a little less revs, only reaching 11,100 rpm.
But the T.33 is still a light machine at about 2,400 pounds, so the power penalty for meeting US safety regulations won’t be much of a pain. Now that the T.33 has cleared all standards – from crash safety, to driving noise, to emissions – it is likely that when the T.33 finally reaches US buyers in 2024, $1.9 million supercar can be discounted to the corner store to buy Red Bull.
That makes the T.33 look like a total bargain compared to the T.50, which costs $2.5 million and, however, won’t be drivable on US roads.