McLaren F1 LMYou'd think that the extreme performance, engineering and technology of hybrid hypercars like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder would appeal to a guy like Gordon Murray. After all, the man behind the McLaren F1, the original hypercar, knows a thing or six about pushing the edge of the performance envelope with a new vehicle.

The F1 came out over 20 years ago, but even then, it was exploring the limits of automotive technology. But if Murray were in the driver's seat today, he'd pass on all the F1-inspired trickery that's infiltrating the modern breed of supercars. Instead, as he tells Goodwood Road & Racing, he'd focus on building a "great driver's car" with "pure engineering." We aren't sure how Murray's engineering differs, or is purer, than the work done in Woking, Maranello and Zuffenhausen, but we suppose he's entitled to his opinions.

Overall, the interview with GRR and Murray is a fascinating read into a man that has a very unique take on what a driver's car should be. Hop over and have a read.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 6 Months Ago
      I see that they are going for 'appeal to tradition' :) That's cute for now, but will be funny to laugh at when electric drivetrains start to dominate the automobile sector :)
        PatrickH
        • 6 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yeah don't hold you breath waiting for that to happen.
      funguy6713
      • 6 Months Ago
      Dear Gordon Murray, Adapt or Die! Yours truly, Mother Earth
        imag
        • 6 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        That is an ignorant comment. Mr. Murray has been working for the last two decades on very small, very light, and very efficient vehicles. The volumes on supercars and light track cars are miniscule. A 1 mpg improvement in full sized trucks would do far more for the environment than a few hundred super/sports cars. There is a place for both. And I say that as someone who owns a 500e.
        Steve K
        • 6 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        You got lost from Autoblog Green, please take your Prius and go back.
        PatrickH
        • 6 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        WTF does mother earth have to do with this conversation?
      James
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am a fan of anything that improves performance, confidence, and the joy of driving. Based on what I have read, I would say the hybrid systems in the LaFerrari, P1, and 918 do that beautifully. I think ultimately electric cars with solar and in-road induction-field charging is going to be the future. Maybe not in 10 years, but in 100 years I think travel will be fuel-free. With improvements to solar power, travel may be financially free, as your car may charge itself faster than it uses the energy.
        funguy6713
        • 6 Months Ago
        @James
        Great comment, but always remember, nothing is ever "truly free..."
      Victor Hoyles
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well that now makes Gordon Murray irrelevant.
      usugo
      • 6 Months Ago
      Yet, another dinosaur (or old fart, if you prefer) has spoken!
      stonehunte
      • 6 Months Ago
      I agree with Mr. Murray. Hybrid, AWD, DCT's, and computer aids, improve track times and make cars that are unbelievably fast. That's great for winning races and magazine contest; however, simple makes for a great driving experience and keeps costs down. I prefer my cars to not have the added weight and complexity of a hybrid system. I also prefer a real manual transmission and rwd. Computer aids are fine as long as they are defeatable. Not everything has to be about pushing the limit. Lets just make cars that are a blast to drive, yet lightweight and affordable.
        fordskydog
        • 6 Months Ago
        @stonehunte
        I agree with you. I wanna see awesome high tech high power high economy. I wanna see those envelopes pushed every year. At the same time, I won't personally own anything without three pedals.
          johnbravo6
          • 6 Months Ago
          @fordskydog
          So long as it meets all Big Brother's mandates, and wasn't built by a small start up. Hypocrite.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 6 Months Ago
        @stonehunte
        There is nothing more simple and more elegant than a pure electric drivetrain. I am not a fan of hybrids either. Give me a brutally fast single speed direct drive electric motor powerplant and i'm happy... :)
      johnbravo6
      • 6 Months Ago
      Doesn't matter. As long as the oligopoly conspires with the government to keep their place in the 'market' without competition, we'll get bland, boring, tired garbage with 12 airbags and pedestrian-safety oriented designs, with 5' high trunk decks. Open the market and you can get a driving life raft if you want but I won't be forced to drive the ugly blitch.
        fordskydog
        • 6 Months Ago
        @johnbravo6
        You sir are an idiot. Today, we enjoy the most performance and economy for the dollar in more models on the road than ever before. Nostalgia is an illusion. So are your conspiracy theories.
          PatrickH
          • 6 Months Ago
          @fordskydog
          You left out the part about how ugly and heavy everything has become. Thanks to safety regulations all vehicle designs are slowly evolving towards that of a tank.
          johnbravo6
          • 6 Months Ago
          @fordskydog
          Yeah silly me. That multi-billion-dollar lobbyist industry is just fancy talk for politician/corporate relations luncheons. Dyckhead.
      fordskydog
      • 6 Months Ago
      Didn't Murray and his team use "F1-inspired trickery" in the form of carbon fiber monocoque in the car they NAMED the F1???????????????? Somehow I don't believe Gordon Murray would say such things. Or rather I don't want to believe it. I understand he wants to feel connected, but writing off all current electro-tech as unconnected seems rather short-sighted to me for such a visionary designer. Ask Chris Harris if he thinks the current crop of P1, LaFerrari, and 918 are driver's cars...
        Ron
        • 6 Months Ago
        @fordskydog
        It is because the hybrid hear is a gimick. Pure and simple. It does not offer enough of a performance advantage to offset it's weight, meaning the cars would all be quicker, handle better, break better, and be faster around a track without it.
      imag
      • 6 Months Ago
      It is great to hear that he has in mind a lightweight, low cost sports car in the vein of the Elan. He should work with Lotus. The Gordon Murray name alone would help sell the new car.
      danfred311
      • 6 Months Ago
      He's right about weight, he's very wrong about holding on to the combustion engine. It can only mean that he is resigned to age and will never again be relevant.
        Ron
        • 6 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        LOL... ok... In perhaps 20-30 years, when fuel cells or bio fuels are mainstream. Battery powered electrics are stupid, heavy, and are not a suitable replacement for ICE powered cars.
        Avinash Machado
        • 6 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Ha Ha.
      HateUK
      • 6 Months Ago
      "We aren't sure how Murray's engineering differs"... It's pretty simple HuffAuto, today's hybrid hypercars are all about marketing, not engineering.
      Knox
      • 6 Months Ago
      There are many forms of beauty. I would compare this to timepieces. There are the atomic clocks; and then there are the handmade self winding chronometers.
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