According to Gordon Murray, the upcoming city car that his design firm has been working on will be half the size of an average car while maintaining at least a 4-star safety rating in Euro NCAP testing. How small is that? Two T.25's will fit in a single lane while driving and 3 will fit in a standard-sized parallel parking spot. Really small. Murray also promises that there will be 6 different layouts for his little multi-purpose vehicle, all of which will share the same basic underpinnings.
That small size has plenty of desirable effects, such as cutting carbon emissions and fuel consumption in half and cutting the amount of raw materials necessary for its construction in half. Further, much less energy will be required to assemble the vehicle or ship it to its final destination. Where possible, recycled components will be used. It may be hard to imagine the impact that the vehicle's size and construction will have, so the hopeful automaker has released a bunch of images demonstrating the superiority of the T.25's design... using little toys. The T.25 will also be adept at avoiding giant snakes, apparently. See our gallery below.
[Source: Gordon Murray Designs]
T.25 – THE FACTS
• A new class of vehicle
• A new British Icon for the 21st Century.
Size and structure:
• The T.25 will not be just a small 'big car' but will have a radically innovative architecture and the flexible layout will support a variety of uses.
• Its compact size will allow '2' T.25's to travel in one UK motorway lane. Trebling the capacity and reducing congestion.
• '3' T.25's can easily fit into '1' standard UK parallel parking space, trebling much needed urban parking, reducing pressures for inner cities as well as the disruption to traffic flow.
• Delays caused by congestion are prominent in urban areas and easing or eliminating existing congestion on the road network would be worth some £7-8 billion of gross domestic products per annum.
• The compact size of the T.25, being half the size of the average car,will still achieve the highest safety standards (at least 4* Euro NCAP).
• T.25 will have a better power-to-weight ratio than the average 2 litre luxury saloon. Reversing the trend towards larger, heavier and more powerful cars.
• Accident repair costs are kept low by way of replaceable body panels.
Life cycle impacts:
• The T.25 will be best in class with CO2 emmissions and fuel consumption less than half of the UK average.
• The vehicle programme is a complete re-think on high volume materials and the manufacturing process, and will lead to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of the car from 'cradle to grave'.
• Component parts will be minimised through multi-functional component design and careful consideration of tooling requirements
• Minimal parts and the compact size will support low cost manufacture and will significantly reduce life-cycle impacts.
• Materials selected will be made from recycled materials where possible and will have the lowest life cycle impact that meets design requirements.
• The compact size will reduce correspondingly any energy used in raw material extraction and manufacture.
• The compact size will also reduce the size of site needed for final assembly and manufacture. Reduced components will decrease energy used during tooling and fixture manufacture.
• The T.25 chassis is designed to "flat pack" for transportation. During transportation, the compact size will enable 12 times as many T.25 'body-in-white's' to be shipped in a standard shipping container as compared to a average car 'body-in-white'. Again more vehicles can be transported with any other means of transit, further reducing energy usage.
• In view of the fact that the vehicle will be light, the tyres should experience minimal wear, thereby extending their overall life which will in turn reduce the problems associated with the disposal of used tyres.
• At end-of-life, many components will be re-usable including the body and chassis.
Potential markets usage:
• The T.25's unique selling points will make it attractive to a range of markets.
• Having low to zero emissions should qualify the owner for reduced operating costs e.g. exemption from congestions charges, low VED etc, making it attractive to the urban market.
• The size benefits and turning circle will greatly facilitate access, parking and reduce road blockages making it attractive for inner city use.
• The base version of the T.25 will have a purchase price which will be at the lower end of the UK market.
• Cities are currently responsible for 75% of global emissions and are increasingly looking to introduce low emission and congestion related measures e.g. London, Paris and New York.
• The T.25 standard architecture will offer MPV flexibility by incorporating six different layouts in one package.