Get ready to add a new location to the supercar map, joining the likes of Molsheim, Modena and Sant’Agata Bolgnese. And that place is the village of Windlesham in Surrey, England. Currently home to around 17,000 people, some nice old churches, and an annual pram race, apparently. But soon to be the global headquarters of Britain’s latest supercar, the Murray T50.
Yes, Gordon Murray Automotive has announced it will spend £50million (about S$90m) on a new automotive design, engineering, research and development, sales, marketing and heritage centre in the area. Phew. Work on the 100,000 square foot facility will begin next year and is set to complete in 2024, with over 100 new jobs eventually being created at the business.
Gordon Murray himself says “on a personal note, I have lived and worked in Surrey for over 50 years and we look forward to working with the Surrey Heath Borough Council and the local communities to integrate our business into the borough and to sensitively develop this site which has so much potential”.
He’s also keen to underline the Britishness of the venture, saying: “We’re proud to be already making significant contribution to UK exports, and helping secure the vital UK automotive supply chain. Over 90 per cent of the content of the new T50 comes from UK suppliers, which is something that we specified from the start. It is designed, engineered and manufactured from world-class British components in Britain.”
While the new Murray skunkworks will eventually feature its own on-site production line for building follow-up models, production of the T50 and T50S supercar and track car is still slated to happen at the company’s existing works at Dunsfold Park.
Yep, that’s the home of the Top Gear test track. Give us a shout if it needs any shakedown testing, guys. We’re only across the road.
STORY Ollie Kew