Gordon Murray is probably one of the most respected designers in the automotive industry, largely because it was he who penned the iconic McLaren F1 hypercar back at the end of the 1990s. The groundbreaking model, which single handedly pushed the industry forward is still remembered as a triumph of engineering and, of course, design.
Now, after he split with McLaren a few years ago, in order to start his own company, Gordon Murray Designs, the reputed designer is back with a fresh new project. Before you say it, no it’s not a flamboyant supercar or a ground breaking sportscar, but actually a compact city car, called the T.25.
Even though it was rumored a long time before, the actual car has finally made its debut at the Smith School’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford. The T.25 was presented as a way of attacking the problems of today’s car industry through a regular compact car, which doesn’t necessarily have to be a hybrid or electric vehicle.
“We are very privileged to have been asked to show T.25 publicly for the first time at the World Forum as the aims of our Company are very much aligned with those of the Smith School and therefore this global event,” Murray said in a news release.
He was joined by Sir David King, Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, who revealed that: “Our transport sector is hugely dependent on fossil fuels and we need to de-fossilise our economy as quickly as possible. We know most of the technologies already exist in delivering low carbon transportation and the T.25 and iStream manufacturing processes are clear examples of how the transition can bring new and exciting developments”.
So, what’s so great about this T.25 city car project?
First off, the car weighs just 1,212 pounds, measuring almost eight feet in lenght and four feet in width. Believe it or not, it actually borrows something from the McLaren F1 sportscar, as it boasts the same 1+2 seating arrangement. The driver sits centrally in the car, and two other passengers can sit behind him.
Access inside the T.25 is permitted through a pretty eccentric hinged front section, similar to the mechanism used by BMW on the classic Isetta city car. While it may be weird at first, this solution allows three T.25 models to be parked on a regular parking spot, perpendicular to the curb.
Gordon Murray’s T.25 is no slouch either, as it’s powered by a 51 HP three-cylinder engine, capable of pushing the car from 0 to 62 mph in 16.2 seconds. While that may not be impressive, the fuel average of 61.9 mpg is a different story.
The T.25 isn’t just one of the many new city cars that have been appearing left and right from companies like Smart or Toyota. It not only promises to be great for urban transport, but through its improved manufacturing technologies and the rather attractive design, might be one of the many solutions for the future of the car industry.