The McMurtry Spéirling was designed more to ignore the whole concept of rules than just break them, it’s about to go into production, a year ago it raised the bar at the Goodwood Hill Climb, half a year ago it’s 1.4-1.4 absolute Broke world acceleration records for second 0-60 mph and sub-8 quarter mile. Now, the 1,000 hp single-seater brings to market its powerful downforce amplifying fan system, all-electric RWD and curb weight of under 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Spéirling Pure is about to melt faces and pound eardrums.
The Spéirling was developed to take advantage of vacuum-induced fan technology, which was banned from motorsport decades ago. Now that it’s officially on sale, McMurtry is open to sales inquiries and gearing up to welcome potential buyers at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“Spéirling Pure will herald a new era for the track,” promises McMurtry founding director Thomas Yates. “The sound, grip, acceleration, aesthetics and technology of this car are like no other. Witnessing this car as a bystander or from the cockpit provides a rare and exhilarating experience. With pre-orders from around the globe, I can’t wait for the fan cars as the track becomes the new normal.”
McMurtry says its eerily loud electric hypercar, the first-ever commercially available sealed-skirt fan car, promises to grip the track like it rides on magnetic tracks. A patented fan system delivers downforce on demand, regardless of speed, yaw angle or wind direction, helping the driver to add up to 3gs when navigating corners at speeds unimaginable in a ‘normal’ supercar.
While it’s in production, the Spéirling Pure isn’t for Sunday cruising down country roads or a quick run to the grocery store. It’s a thoroughbred track car through and through, limited to closed-loop pavement. As for racing, McMurtry said it qualifies for GT1 Sports Club’s supercar program, which will take place on FIA circuits in Europe, Asia and the Americas during the SRO GT World Challenge weekend.
McMurtry has long promised a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, and it intends to bring this to production, with the Pure weighing south of 1,000kg while delivering up to 1,000hp (745kW) via a rear electronic axle. The electric drive is currently powered by Power is supplied by a 60-kilowatt-hour battery optimized to get the car back on track as quickly as possible with a 20-minute fast charge.
Absolute range isn’t an issue for a track car, but drivers will definitely want to maximize their lap time. McMurtry says it fine-tuned the Pure version for the ultimate track toy combination of maximized runtime, minimized charging time and unforeseen average lap speeds. It is estimated that the car will be able to do 10 laps around Silverstone in record time before having to waddle to a charger, charge it for 20 minutes, and start over.
Drivers who really want to push the car can go faster if they don’t mind fewer laps between charges. A newly-boosted top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and a fan system ensure the driver can fly around corners with little to no brake pedal.
We’re pretty sure eager buyers will forego current and future generations for an early purchase after hearing that the 2022 Goodwood-spec Spéirling has sub-40s performance, but McMurtry has had nothing but improvements in the year since Didn’t do either. In addition to increasing the top speed by 40 mph (64 km/h), the company says the improved fan system is 15 percent more efficient and lighter. Pure has also reduced the weight of the side skirt design, reducing the weight of the battery pack, wiring harness, running gear and chassis.
The Spéirling Pure rides on wider tyres, 27/65R18 at the front and 30/68R18 at the rear. McMurtry also lightened the rims and redesigned the suspension.
The company was blunt about what all these improvements mean relative to its performance potential in 2022 and 2023: “[Spéirling Pure’s]capabilities will exceed the machine that holds the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb record.”
The Spéirling Pure starts at £820,000 (about $1.05 million) before tax. After presenting the prototype at Goodwood, McMurtry plans to spend the remainder of 2023 validating it through a validation and testing program across Europe, with an eye on further track records along the way. Pre-production models will be launched in 2024, with production of 100 customer cars to begin in 2025.