Gordon Murray is best known as a designer of Formula 1 cars and the McLaren F1 supercar. So it was unusual for him to leave the speed industry in 2007 to develop groundbreaking solutions in urban mobility.
This funny looking thing is the T.25, which Gordon Murray Design is promoting as the future of urban motoring. The car is 2.4m long, 1.3m wide and 1.5m tall, which makes it smaller than the smart fortwo. But unlike the smart, T.25 sits three in a 1+2 layout, with the driver up front in the middle, with two passengers flanking him/her. Apparently, passenger legroom is better than in most B-segment cars. A front section that flips forward allows entry/exit in tight spots.
Speaking of that, the T.25 is made for tight spots. Its maker claims that three T.25s will be able to fit in one parallel parking space, with head/tail facing the kerb. Also, the T.25 is narrow enough that one conventional highway lane can accommodate 2 units side-by-side. Combine this with the car’s length (or the lack of it) and the T.25 has the potential to triple lane usage at peak times, according to Murray. The turning circle is 6 metres.
The T.25 weighs about 550 kg and runs on a 660 cc 3-cylinder engine with 51hp and 57Nm of torque (Viva engine?). Fuel economy is quoted at 3.8 litres/100km (26.3 km/l) and it only produces 86 g/km of CO2. Driving dynamics are described as “fun” as the car features all round independent suspension while F1 derived materials in the chassis frame design makes for a strong “safety cell” structure, with at least 4 stars in Euro NCAP expected. Other neat features refueling on either side, a flat underfloor for aerodynamics, replaceable body panels and luggage capacity between 160-720 litres.
Murray could be waiting for a buyer for this project, which comes with its own manufacturing process called iStream, which “could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T.” With it, a plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory, with high flexibility and low costs to boot. A T.27 electric powered model is on the cards.
Gallery after the jump.
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