The British Gordon Murray Automotive may remain somewhat under the radar, but the car brand of design icon Gordon Murray knows how to create impressive machines. After the completely absurd T.50 and slightly less – but still – absurd T.33, it is now the turn of the T.33 Spider. Guess what it sells…
The T.33 is, as the name suggests, the convertible version of the closed T.33. While convertibles are normally heavier than their coupe brothers and that would go against Gordon Murray’s ethos, that’s not quite the case here. The body of the T.33 is already so stiff that the impact is completely negligible. That also proves the weight. Because the T.33 Spider barely weighs 1,018 kilograms, making it 18 kilograms heavier than its closed brother.
That weight is completely absurd when you know that in the back is a giant 3.9-liter naturally aspirated V12. In this Spider, it produces 617 hp (451 Nm) and is operated via a manual six-speed gearbox (yep). What does that mean in absolute terms? A sprint to 100, of course, depends on your own handiwork, but if you stretch your legs completely, this T.33 only tops out at 334 km/h.
However, we would not call this T.33 Spider a real convertible. Because the two removable roof panels rather give a Targa vibe. Funny detail; although an exercise in absolute lightweight, the design of the T.33 Spider provides space for the roof panels under the front lid and two 90-litre luggage compartments on the rear wheel arches. Gordon Murray Automotive will build only 100 units of this T.33 Spider. Since the production of T.50, T.50s and T.33 coupe has long been sold out, we have the feeling that this T.33 Spider will also soon find shelter with 100 lucky people.