• Apr 26th 2010 at 10:30AM
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Whenever Gordon Murray is attached to a project, the hope is that some of the brilliance underscored Brabham racing cars and the McLaren F1 will rub off on his latest effort. A peek at the seating arrangement in the T25 city car does start us reminiscing about the 1990s supercar that many still regard as the pinnacle of the art. The driver sits front-and-center, with passenger seats set back on either side, just as they did with Murray's seminal supercar.
UK publication Autocar has snagged a photo of the T25 as it headed out on double-secret road tests in England. The image shows the car looking like a contraption assembled around living room furniture, like all microcars tend to do. There's but one door, which swings up and away, and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is mounted out back.

The difference between the T25 and competitors like the Smart ForTwo and Toyota iQ is that Murray's influence promises a vehicle that will be pleasing for enthusiasts to drive, regardless of the footprint. We'll see for ourselves once the iStream manufacturing process – said to drastically reduce the costs, space, and energy requirements of typical auto manufacturing efforts – swings into action and T25s start to become available.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have full faith in Gordon Murray, but at a glance that thing is goofy looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey SimpleCar...buy a bicycle..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know about those headlights. I hope those don't see production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great articles and it's so helpful. I want to add your blog into my rrs reader but i can't find the rrs address. Would you please send your address to my email? Thanks a lot!
      • 5 Years Ago
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        Clever, and will likely sell quite well as a city car across the globe.

        It may even do well in the really big US cities like San Francisco / Chicago / New York.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They seem to address the SMART's main shortcomings (being a "dog" to drive, the cost, and the weight problem) whilst providing more interior room. If they can manage to make it good on fuel, and relatively safe, I think that they will have a hit among the world's urban populations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      haha look at how the windows and door styling is. it looks like a baby mclaren f1!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That flip-up lid is a non-starter for a production car. No exit in a rollover, and in daily use the whole interior gets wet on a rainy day. You'd think an Englishman would know better, at least about the rain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Color me interested, but I want to know is there any chance of it ever making it to north america? If not then I guess I dont have to read much more into it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dig it.

      I have no delusions in thinking that this will catch on and be a top-seller, but for those that live in a congested city, I think it's an awesome idea. Even smaller than the Smart and it weighs only 1400 lbs and yet seats 3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gah... and I though the images from Human Centipeid were haunting!

      I assume that Gordon Murray knows that cars still need to look good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Something seems off here to me.
      Perhaps it is just optical illusion due to the angles or something.
      But in now way does this car look like it seats two in the rear behind the driver (not wide enough).
      Nor does that door look like it makes entry easy for people in the rear.
      It really doesn't even appear to make entry that easy for the driver.
      I have been excited to see some signs of this car.
      But I have to say - these pics leave me a little skeptical and disappointed.
      Perhaps this isn't the final form.
      Or perhaps the pics are misleading.
      I hope so.

      I can see why the one big door from several perspectives - saves money, and weight and makes car more rigid, etc...
      But I also don't want snow/rain all over the interior of the car every time I get in and out in inclement weather.
      I could maybe live with that if it really looked functional - but this does not.
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