The first of four new models that TVR will launch over the course of the next decade will offer a carbon-fiber structure made using Gordon Murray's iStream process.
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Car designer Gordon Murray, known largely for his work in Formula 1 and with McLaren, says progress is going well for the development of the MOTIV.e City Car electric vehicle for Yamaha, according to Autocar. The MOTIV.e was on display at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event at Millbrook, where Murray updated the attendees about the state of the project.
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 Mur
Toray Industries, a multinational corporation headquartered in Japan that specializes in industrial fibers and textiles, has teamed up with world-renowned designer Gordon Murray to dream up the T-Wave AR1, a two-seat electric concept that showcases Toray's carbon fiber expertise.
Toray Industries, a multinational corporation headquartered in Japan that specializes in industrial fibers and textiles, has teamed with world-renowned designer Gordon Murray to dream up the T-Wave AR1, a two-seat electric concept that showcases Toray's carbon fiber expertise.
After hinting at doing so for a couple of years, Gordon Murray has finally revealing his new T.25 city car at an event at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford, England. The 1,212-pound car is just over four feet wide, less than eight feet long and seats three adults in a 1+2 layout. Like Murray's McLaren F1, the driver sits front and center and the passengers sit behind on either side.
Gordon Murray's latest project, the T27, is reportedly getting much closer to production. Construction of a factory to produce the three-seat electric car could begin by the end of the year. The T27 is the battery-powered variant of the T25, both of which are designed to be extremely lightweight and compact while offering space inside for three adults.
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.
There's no guarantee that Gordon Murray's innovative T25 microcar will ever see the light of day. The designer has no intention of actually building the automobile himself – instead, Murray hopes to sell the rights to build the car using his equally impressive (or so we hear) iStream production method to a number of third-party assemblers. Still, development of the machine seems to be moving full steam ahead.