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Old 10 May 2006, 18:42 (Ref:1605299)   #1
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Gordon "McLaren F1" Murray back to Le Mans?

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Famed Formula One car designer Gordon Murray's plans for his own car company are progressing, with Murray revealing that the first car project will be a prototype sports car.
I don't have a Autosport subscription so I can't read the full article but on the main page of www.autosport.com this news is linked to Le Mans. Do they mean with "prototype sports car" a LMP or GTP? Someone more info about this project?
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Old 10 May 2006, 18:44 (Ref:1605301)   #2
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Old 10 May 2006, 18:47 (Ref:1605305)   #3
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Old 10 May 2006, 18:50 (Ref:1605307)   #4
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But still, the thought of another Murray-penned creation, just maybe at Le Mans - mouthwatering, isn't it?
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Old 10 May 2006, 19:05 (Ref:1605314)   #5
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Interesting... I've been hearing rumblings about a McLaren aerodynamicist working on a P2 project.
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According to the article it's a "sports car prototype" which will be "at the disposal of the big constructors that want to race at Le Mans".
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Old 11 May 2006, 13:21 (Ref:1605977)   #7
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Interesting... I've been hearing rumblings about a McLaren aerodynamicist working on a P2 project.
Now that would be interesting!!!!
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According to the article it's a "sports car prototype" which will be "at the disposal of the big constructors that want to race at Le Mans".
Just like TWR offering there services/design to Jaguar, then Nissan.

What links does Murray have with manufacatuers, BMW, Mercedes????
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AFAIK he has no definite links to any manufcaturer (?). However he drives a Smart car, loves it too.
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However he drives a Smart car, loves it too.
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I would love to see another GTP car at le mans, they look beutiful!
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Murray's split with Mercedes was not the best.

Murray seemed to be disappointed in interview's about the constraints put on him during the SLR project, which really hampered the end project. He is however, always proud of the SLR for what was achieved with the changing brief he had.

He had a good time with BMW, Paul Rosche particularly, as they really came to the party giving a much better engine than he expected for the McLaren F1. Also BMW gave assistance with the development of the 1997 long-tail McLaren, which needed a slightly different engine, and supported the Le Mans project in general.

In, "Driving Ambition" by Doug Nye, Murray clearly felt that what McLaren had achieved with the plan to build the ultimate road car, was fantastic. Had the brief been to build the ultimate race car from the outset, the result would have been much different, the car lighter, stiffer for example. He clearly relished the idea of having a go at building a race car from scratch.

It would be ironic though, if his rumoured LMP race car could not win Le Mans in its first year, as his road car had done.
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