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If such projections as cutting the cost of driving and vehicle emissions in half sounds a bit radical to you, that's exactly the response that Gordon Murray is hoping for. Before completely dismissing these claims, remember that Murray is the man most responsible for the road-going supercar known as the McLaren F1, as well as quite a number of race winning Formula 1 cars from a few decades ago. Note too that Caparo, makers of the awe-inspiring T1 are also heavily involved in the project. Considering that the team is only halfway through the design process, we hope that they are able to follow through with their early projections.
Murray claims that his newest vehicle, designated the Type-25 (his 25th clean-sheet design), will revolutionize personal transportation by being cheap to produce, purchase and operate. Safety is not forgotten either, as the new vehicle is fully expected to pass all applicable crash testing. What's more, the new car is IKEA ready able to be flat-packed for ease of shipping. So far, details remain sketchy regarding who will produce the vehicle as Murray's company only intends to design the it. Caparo's excellence in carbon fiber design may prove valuable, though we have no indication that Caparo will be the company actually assembling the vehicles.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      ill give him a A+ he did made the McLaren F1, FORD, chev and GM should take a lesson from this person.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems to look an awful lot like a Smart car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Given Caparo's involvement with Tata, I have no doubt they can get the cheap part down. Hopefully this car won't fall short on the technology end though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I doubt they will be using carbon-fiber in an econo car due to cost reasons. So far, it looks like a million other city cars, but we'll have to see how original it is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why aren't ford, GM, etc. doing this? A cheap car able to be packed up and shipped in parts, sounds like a no-brainer to me. Order online and its shipped to your door on a TT unit. Assemble and away you go.

      Everyone knows its not hard to build a cheap car. Everyone knows its not hard to make a small car safe, F1 cars can hit walls at 200mph and the driver is fine. Everyone also knows the automakers have refused to do this.

      Hopefully Murray can deliver. He won't, but it would be cool if he could. He won't because these types of efforts have ALWAYS failed. There a threat to the big manufacturers and they stop all threats.

      - GM Inside News (.com) Sucks Moose Balls.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i cannot wait to see this car come to fruition, easily the most dynamic mind designing cars, and he's been talking it up for years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gordon Murray's been talking about this for a long time, I can't wait to see where that deep thought will lead. Don't be fooled by Gordon's CV, he may have designed some of the fastest cars in the world, but his heart is in small cars and solving transportation. And he runs a Smart Roadster Coupe, the man is alright in my book...

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