Ever since superstar engineer Gordon Murray left McLaren after years spent heading the company's motorsports efforts, designing the McLaren F1 supercar and, later, building the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren supercar, he has been hard at work designing two novel city cars. The T.25, powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine, and the T.27, an electric vehicle, have been seen in prototype forms a handful of times over the past few years, but Murray has announced on his blog that his company, Gordon Murray Design, has sold the T.25/T.27 concept to an unnamed customer who will begin producing the cars in 2016.

Both city cars offer 1+2 seating, so the driver sits up front and center, and up to two passengers sit side-by-side in the back, similar to the McLaren F1. They only have one door, which swings up to allow the driver and passengers entry and egress. The gasoline-powered T.25 weighs a bit over 1,200 pounds, while the T.27 weighs in at 1,500 pounds due to its heavier electric drivetrain. Still, the T.25 and T.27 both weigh much less than the 1,800-pound Smart ForTwo.

The vehicles employ GMD's iStream assembly process, which means the tubular steel and composite chassis and all of its components are put together separate from the body, which is married to the chassis near the end of the assembly process. This process streamlines production, and the resulting car has performed well in crash testing.

GMD now has four contracts for iStream products, and two more projects not related to the new assembly process are also in the works, so the company recently hired 30 new staff members to facilitate its expansion. Murray notes in his blog that he can't yet mention who is involved with the contracts or who will build the T-series cars, but that we'll find out more soon.


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      Charles A Hart
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one! Coming to the USA?
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      If i lived in a big city i could certainly see a use for a car like this.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would make the perfect city/delivery/commercial service vehicle. While it is undoubtedly, ahem, aesthetically challenged, it looks to be efficient and distinctive. Put it in a business high-zoot graphic vehicle wrap or set it up as a mini-cab commuter and you could move a ton of 'em. Cheap to build, cheap to operate and (hopefully) cheap to repair, this would make a great mini-fleet winner.
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ThinkAboutIt
        I checked out Gordon Murray's website, the T.27 (electric version) did 57.13 miles and the energy cost less than $1. That sounds cheap to run! It has a turning tiny turning circle and can be fully charged in four hours from a domestic socket. Looks like I may have found my next car!
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      If only the TANGO was mass produced.....looks so much better.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't this The Howard from Larry David's "Clear History"?
        Ele Truk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Almost, but I think the Howard is actually a GEM car with new fiberglass skin. The T.25 and T.27 whole front swings up, not doors that swing out like the Howard. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4667466655074296&pid=1.7
      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks great. I like the 1+2 seating arrangement, and the outward visibility appears excellent, which is vital when driving in tight city confines. I eagerly await a road test!
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      I assume that is a quadracycle, not an automobile.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        It is an automobile. Neil
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          Well . . . perhaps I am wrong. http://www.gordonmurraydesign.com/press-T27-crash-test.php I'm not sure if the final results are in though.
          Neil Blanchard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          Yes, Gordon Murray is a smart designer. I hope we do not equate safety with weight. Too much weight makes vehicles less safe in most types of crashes.
          Neil Blanchard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Neil Blanchard
          http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthread.php/gordon-murrays-t27-ev-13301.html#post215983
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      These type of cars will be considered cool one day
      Uhwhat?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kill it with fire! This thing is hideous. I respect the engineering that went into this vehicle but, PLEASE redesign is thing. Different doesnt always mean good.
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is this any better than the P45
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't doubt GM's engineering chops, but the styling leaves much to be desired. It may be lighter than a fortwo, but it is certainly not better looking.
      Wetstuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ya - did he have to make it so ugly?! Eeeck... Jim
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