The Gordon Murray Automotive The T50 hypercar is closer to production than ever before. However, before cars can be delivered to customers, safety issues need to be addressed, and the way it is done is wild. This T50 bounces, knocks and breaks in the process.
Dario Franciti will guide us through testing, which in this case focuses on calibrating airbag systems in the car. Many remember how sensitive the airbags of some sports cars have been in the past. One infamous video shows the Camaro’s side airbags, which are triggered when the driver crosses the lane with a roar, a common occurrence, on the racetrack.
This is one of the reasons why this type of testing is so important, and it shows why so many of the tests shown in this video focus on the impact on the suspension and the bottom of the car. Jet T50 over potholes, roads with washboards and more while collecting data. There is even one test where a supercar crashes into a hard metal plate, resulting in a broken steering rod.
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However, almost nothing in this video is as dramatic as the moment when the developer of the T50 XP1 drives directly onto a high gravel hill. As a result, the test car sits on top of a hill, the front wheels and tires hover in the air, and the nose is pointed at the sky.
The image shown in our main photo shows the T50 flying out of an obstacle that Franchitti refers to as “wooden ramps for your BMX”. Fortunately, no serious damage to the car is happening, and a glorious future awaits him.
After testing, the XP1 car used here will end up as a training tool for the maintenance team, after which it will end up at Gordon Murray’s Car Museum.