Last week we brought you a story on the revolutionary T.27 EV by Gordon Murray Design, which had scored exceptionally well with that car in a crash test.
Currently, the company does not have a fully finished T.27 for testing, but they do have a fully running prototype of their petrol powered T.25 City Car, which can achieve a mind blowing 3.79-litres per 100 kilometres.
Power comes from an in-line three-cylinder engine, which sits in the back of the car, and develops 38 kW for 0-100km/h time of 16.2 seconds. It isn’t quick, but it sure is efficient. Try 3.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
Most folks will never get to see one of Gordon Murray’s famed F1 road cars in the metal, let alone drive one. Not a problem if you fancy the T.25, as the driver sits front and centre, while the two passengers sit behind at either side.
We also mentioned that the equally revolutionary iStream manufacturing process that Gordon Murray Design has patented might very well revolutionise the entire automotive manufacturing model, as we know it today.
The system can substantially reduce the weight of cars, while at the same time increase the safety aspects, and capital investment in the assembly plant is reduced by at least 80 percent. That also means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
The real estate needs for an iStream plant can also be reduced to a staggering 20 precent of the size of a standard manufacturing plant today.
You would need to go back to 1903, when Henry Ford changed the face of auto manufacturing by implementing moving assembly lines with the Model T Ford, to find such an equivalent manufacturing process with the same revolutionary potential as iStream.
Murray’s ‘T’ cars are incredibly compact at around 2.4 metres long and 1.25 metres wide, so they make perfect sense in any of those overly congested European cities where finding a legal car park is generally more akin to a ‘mission impossible’.
They are so small in fact, that three T.25s could park perpendicular to the curb in one standard parallel car space.