When Gordon Murray Automotive revealed the T.33, it said it would be available in the global market. That includes the US, with its supercars now meeting federal government safety standards and crash requirements for road legal certification.
Based on Car and Driver, who spoke with Gordon Murray and GMA CEO Phillip Lee, the T.33 certification for US roads took a $33 million investment from the company. To gain approval, GMA had to design a two-seat cab, eliminating the T.50 center driver’s seat. GMA T.33 is a follow-up to T.50, which is not considered street legal in this country. However, both use a naturally aspirated Cosworth-sourced V12, which meets US emission standards.
The 3.9-liter engine isn’t as powerful in the T.33 as in the T.50, but it still makes 607 horsepower (453 kilowatts) and 333 pound-feet (451 Newton-meters) of torque. It screams into the 11,100-rpm redline too. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. However, GMA will offer a six-speed automatic paddle-shift as an option. The company boasts that its Xtrac paddle-shift gearbox only weighs 172 pounds (78 kilograms). Even the engine is light at 392 lbs (177 kg).
The T.33 is a supercar, but you can live with it every day. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and has 10 cubic feet of total storage space, which isn’t much but more than expected. Its simple interior features aluminum and carbon fiber, and it even features an analog tachometer while most other supercars use digital displays.
According to the report, the T.50 and T.33 will not be the only GMA vehicles. The company has plans for the next decade with two other cars already in development. GMA plans for deliveries of the T.33 to begin in 2024, the same year it plans to open a US headquarters. It costs $1.8 million, a bargain compared to the $2.5 million T.50. Production is limited to only 100 samples. However, the car quickly sold out after it was announced earlier this year, so good luck getting one now. Maybe keep an eye on one of the company’s future models.