Designer and former Formula-One title winner of the 1980s, Gordon Murray, will be making an appearance at Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, driving a car he designed and built.
In 1967 and 1968, Murray made his first sports car in South Africa, the IGM-Ford, and will be ripping up the track in it on the Goodwood Hillclimb this weekend to celebrate his 50th year in the automotive industry.
To make the race car, Murray used the nose and wings of a Lotus 7 because it was more affordable than producing new moulds. It was also lighter than the Lotus 7, with a triangulated and stiffer frame, and weighed only 400 kilograms.
Under the bonnet was a modified 1073cc 105E Anglia engine that produced 67kW of power, and included many parts that Murray made himself.
After racing the IGM, Murray moved into Formula One, where he not only raced but later became a Technical Director.
Fifty Grand Prix wins later, Murray stepped away from the sport and formed McLaren Cars Ltd where the F1 supercar was produced – a vehicle that many regard as the best-engineered car in the world, ever.
Murray is now a Professor, and in 2007, he established Gordon Murray Design and produced, among others, a city car called the T.25 (below).
The recreated IGM Ford, with Murray behind the wheel, will appear at Goodwood this weekend.