Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gordon Murray T25

Gordon Murray Design has unveiled the T25 prototype, a car that the company's founder, Gordon Murray, has long talked about as the vehicle that will revolutionize the automotive industry.

At just 2400mm long, 1300mm wide and 1600mm high, the T25 occupies a greatly reduced footprint in comparison to a Smart ForTwo or Toyota iQ. The T25 seats three, with a central driver flanked by two rearward passengers, in a formation reminiscent of Murray's most famous work to date – the McLaren F1. The car's size, combined with its front-hinged one-piece door canopy means that three T25s can be parked in the same space as a conventional vehicle.

However, the physical design of the T25 is only half the story. This vehicle is more than simply a stand-alone design, acting as a proof of concept for Murray's radical iStream® manufacturing technology. This streamlined assembly method means a 20 percent reduction in factory size and – Murray claims – reduces capital investment by 80 percent, as well as having a significant impact on material use, and lifecycle CO2 emissions for vehicles built using the system.

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