Star Cars of The British Motor Show 2023 – McMurtry Spéirling
If you are a fan (no pun intended) of savage speed and breathtaking innovation, then you’re in luck – because the McMurtry Spéirling PURE fan car will be exhibited at The British Motor Show.
McMurtry’s Spéirling PURE – the prototype of which is the outright record holder at Goodwood Festival of Speed – represents an entirely new approach to performance cars.
In an age where sports cars are getting bigger, heavier and less efficient, McMurtry has created the perfect antidote – the Spéirling PURE.
Given its diminutive size, it is easy to write the McMurtry off as nothing more than an interesting design study – but its performance speaks for itself.
Completing the 1.16 mile Goodwood hillclimb in 39.08s at the Festival of Speed last year, the McMurtry obliterated the previous records set by the VW IDR (39.90s) and McLaren MP4/13 (41.60s) respectively.
This should come as no surprise, because the Spéirling hits 60 mph in under 1.5 seconds (!), weighs less than 1000kg, and was piloted up the hill by former F1 driver Max Chilton.
But this tells only half the story.
How can a car so cartoonishly small ever generate cornering speeds which leave an electric Pikes Peak monster and Formula 1 legend in its vacuum-jettisoned dust?
The answer is fan technology.
The McMurtry generates 2000 kg of downforce at any speed thanks to the network of ducts and filters which create a partial vacuum under the car’s skirts, sealing it to the tarmac.
As a result, it doesn’t need to be traveling at insane speeds to increase its cornering performance – you have access to it from a standstill. This gives it a key advantage over traditional ‘slicks and wings’ machines.
Of course, while the car that blitzed Goodwood was a prototype, McMurtry has since unveiled the PURE, which is offered to customers as the ultimate track weapon.
With enhanced lateral grip thanks to 25% wider tyres, and a top speed increased to from 150 mph to 190 mph, the PURE takes McMurtry’s patented fan technology to frankly insane levels of performance.
McMurtry’s engineers are already talking about the PURE eclipsing Formula One lap times at the Silverstone Grand Prix track…in the hands of rookie owners.
Of course, as an electrically powered car, you might be wondering about its range. Well, McMurtry has thought of this too, fitting a trick 60kWh electric battery – which is enough to do 10 laps of Silverstone National at lap record pace.
Not only this, but the batteries – which use high power cells developed by Molicel – can be fully recharged in just twenty minutes.
There can be no doubt that McMurtry has caught the automotive world off guard. Just when most manufacturers are leaning towards brute power over agility, the Spéirling offers a revolutionary vision of what an electric performance car can achieve.
If you haven’t laid eyes on this incredible machine yet, be sure to drop by The British Motor Show on August 17-20th to check it out on display with the official charging partners of the British Motor Show and McMurtry partners, myenergi