McMurtry Automotive Speirling hopes to set new record at Goodwood

You could wonder why “enthusiast car” will get spoken in this sort of reverent tones, why Components 1 banned Gordon Murray’s Brabham BT46B following one particular race when Niki Lauda dominated the field at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix, or why that incredibly exact Murray revived the supporter idea on his T.50. For an solution, look no further more than this, the McMurtry Automotive Spéirling. Tale goes that Sir David McMurtry, the billionaire co-founder of engineering and scientific technology organization Renishaw, asked a group of ex-F1 engineers in 2016 to come up with a clean up-sheet electric car or truck with the “twin aims of driver engagement and vehicle general performance.” 

The ensuing Spéirling one-seater arrives with the tagline “Lesser, faster, even more.” It employs a 60-kW battery to electrical power two electric motors on the rear axle generating something like 800 horsepower. Coming in at underneath 2,200 lbs, McMurtry states the energy-to-fat ratio is 1,000 ponies per ton. The solution sauce to make the most of all that, having said that, are the twin admirers underneath. By combining 4,400 lbs of downforce from a standstill and pairing that with an e-motor’s quick torque, the Spéirling will get from zero to 60 miles per hour in considerably less than 1.5 seconds.

A prototype version ran up the 1.6-mile hill at Goodwood previous 12 months, slithering just as a great deal as cornering as vehicle and driver acclimated to the restricted, curvy circuit. Following a yr of testing and uprating the fans, the Spéirling returned to the hill this year with the goal of profitable the hillclimb and breaking the outright record held by the Volkswagen ID.R at 39.9 seconds. With ex-IndyCar and F1 driver Max Chilton at the wheel, the Spéirling done a follow operate on Friday at 41.29 seconds. On Saturday, our possess Joel Stockdale stood in the Goodwood stands observing the Spéirling comprehensive a qualification run in 40.056 seconds with British hillclimb champion Alex Summers at the wheel. If Chilton can come across a different .157 seconds of speed on Sunday’s principal occasion, the upstart British manufacturer will set the ID.R in its shadow. 

McMurtry Spierling sets an incredible 40.056 2nd time at Goodwood, almost beating the VW ID.R’s file of 39.9 seconds. @therealautoblog pic.twitter.com/WQxzDFL04x

— Joel Stocksdale (@GeekyGearhead99)
June 25, 2022

McMurtry claims it will release a lot more specs later on, sharing for now that the in-dwelling battery design works by using cells from Canadian battery maker Molicel and will get an electrical architecture of a lot more than 800 volts. The carbon fiber bodywork hides an energetic suspension, a carbon braking technique with six-piston calipers all about, and custom tires sized 210/640 19 in front — which is a lot more like a rear bike tire — and 240/640 19 in the rear. Most of the sounds at speed arrives not from the tires, but the lovers that develop 100 dB on the flyby.

The firm would like to use the Spéirling “to herald new era of electric keep track of ability, hasten broader EV advancement and showcase McMurtry Automotive as EV innovators for road and track cars.” A history-breaking Sunday would give that journey a big increase.