McMurtry reveals £1m track-day version of record-breaking Goodwood fan car

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The McMurtry Speirling PURE fan car has been announced, a track-day version of the 1,000bhp electric prototype which broke the Festival of Speed hillclimb record last year

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McMurtry Pure will be the first track-day fan-car


The McMurtry Speirling fan car – with Max Chilton at the wheel – stunned the automotive world when it smashed the 23-year-old Goodwood Hillclimb record last year.

Now you can own the McMurtry Speirling PURE, a track car version of the 1000bhp/tonne electric monster, if you have a spare £820,000 (and don’t forget the tax too).

Once the bespoke tyres, charging kit and all the other equipment needed to run the car is taken into account, the price is likely to top £1m.

Following in the rotor blades of the bewildering Chapparral 2J and controversial Brabham BT46 fan cars, the Speirling wowed fans when it rushed past Goodwood House with a time of 39.08sec at last year’s Festival of Speed, besting Nick Heidfeld’s 41.6sec 1999 effort set in a McLaren MP4/13 F1 car.

Romain Dumas set a time of 39.9sec in 2019 driving the Volkswagen ID R, but this remained an unofficial record due to being set in qualifying.

McMurtry has now announced the first ever commercially “fully-skirted” track car counterpart, meaning customers can experience forces of up to 3G at “accessible speeds”.

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Weighing less than 1000kg, the rear-wheel drive track day car has a peak output of 745kW (1000bhp). With the fan system turned on, the original Speirling can generate two tonnes of downforce without turning a wheel and hit 0-60mph in under 1.4sec – the commercially available machine will likely achieve similar statistics.

The original version of the Speirling had to be recharged after its 40sec run, but with track days in mind “multi-lap runs on full race circuits” will be made possible with “fast-charging in under 20 minutes”. No hard figures on range then, meaning you could potentially spend as much, if not more, time in the pits than you do out on track.

Even if runs at full speed are limited, the hope is the thrills will make up for the time spent stationary. Chilton described to Motor Sport last year the experience of driving the fastest-ever car at Goodwood, and with many components being lightened and the power unit/transmission being made more efficient than the original prototype, customers are likely to get a similar buzz.

“I really was blown away,” he said of his first drive. “The thing just shocked me straight off, once the fan, power and torque was all on full, is that it was definitely more advanced in some ways than an F1 car.

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“Its slow-speed grip and acceleration is just out of this world. There’s nothing that comes close to it – that’s why we started testing at Silverstone because it’s so quick, we needed a big track that we could start pushing the limits on.

“The most backwards thing is that because it generates two tonnes of downforce at zero mph and stays there at whatever speed you’re doing, it doesn’t brake like a normal single-seater. There’s still a bit of technique left for me to get better at that, it’s all a bit odd. There’s still loads of time in it, we haven’t really exploited it fully yet.”

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A ‘VP1’ prototype will be on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 13-16, with 100 production models planned for 2024.

The car has been made eligible for the GT1 Sports Club, essentially a free practice session where owners show off their predominantly track-only hypercars to fans watching at GT World Challenge events.

Chilton said after his record-breaking run that a road-legal version was in the offing, but McMurtry has not confirmed whether this was still in development.

“We’re sort of still working out the basis of how we’re going to do it, it will be a very track-focused road car, and probably the fan system and the skirt only be active when you want to race track,” he said last year.

“But you’ll still have the power, the performance and the traction control on the road. With the fan system, you need to be on a race track because you don’t want to be throwing dirt and grit up on pedestrians – there’s probably a lot of highway safety rules that would allow it.”