First official pictures of Gordon Murray's city car released
The first official pictures of Gordon Murray's innovative city car have been revealed ahead of the car's public debut in Oxford today.
The T.25 is a tiny three seater built to solve the problems of inner city mobility. The car's diminutive proportions mean that three T.25s can be parked in one conventional space, and two can travel side by side in one lane.
But the city car's real trump card is the new automotive manufacturing process Murray's company has pioneered.
The designer of the Mclaren F1 established Gordon Murray Design in 2007 to develop iStream, an industrialised construction method which slashes the investment, factory size, pollution and running costs involved in high volume car production.
The T.25 is the product of this simplified process, and has been designed with weight, footprint, efficiency, usability and safety in mind.
Like the F1, the driver sits in a central driving position which offers excellent all-round visibility and means the rear passengers get a decent amount of legroom as there is no seat directly in front of them.
The T.25 also features a unique single door opening system which allows the car to be parked very close to other objects and still offer its occupants access from both sides of the vehicle.
Thanks to its small size and Formula One derived materials philosophy, the T.25 weighs in a just 550kg. The ultra low weight means that car is designed to be powered by a highly efficient 51bhp 660cc three-cylinder engine which should be capable of 74mpg while emitting just 86g/km CO2.
Gordon Murray Design insists the iStream process has now been successfully industrialised, and the final factory designs have been completed by its consultants.
As the factory could be 20 per cent the size of current car plants, Murray is hoping to have the T.25 ready for production in just two years time. There are indications that the first iStream assembly line could be built in the UK, but the long term goal would be to establish them world wide near population centres to reduce the time and expense of transportation.
The T.25's first public appearance will be at the Smith School's World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment later today.