So, what is the McMurtry Spéirling Fan Car that everyone is talking about which broke the record at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb?
The McMurtry is the brainchild of Irishman Sir David McMurtry, who worked on Concorde’s supersonic Rolls-Royce Olympus engines, so he knows a thing or two, Spéirling is Irish for thunderstorm, it’s built in Britain and is a single-seater lightweight electric vehicle that’s proving to be a rocket ship.
Let me bore you with some facts and then I’ll let the following video from Goodwood fill in all the missing pieces.
The McMurtry Spéirling is tiny (smaller than a Lotus Elise) and all up weighs just under 1,000Kg (equal to the weight of two domestic male pigs or a saltwater crocodile); powered by an electric motor on each rear wheel, it has a supercar speed higher than 200mph with zero to 186 mph in 9.0 seconds (a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport can only manage that in 12.1 seconds); it appears to have no elaborate aero package but to create downforce and in turn road grip, it has twin electric turbines behind the cockpit that suck air from beneath the chassis and blows it out the rear exhaust giving 500kg of the negative lift even when the car is stationary (what the….); and it’s not silent, the fans emit 120dB of noise sounding like a jet fighter plane on take-off.
Interested to find out more, check out this Archie Hamilton Racing video where the McMurtry Spéirling test driver, former F1 and IndyCar driver Max Chiltern looks over this amazing vehicle:
And here’s the record-breaking run at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb thanks to Auto Motive Mike, and turn up the volume as it sounds fantastic…