After a protracted teaser campaign, Gordon Murray Design's T.25 City Car will finally make its first public appearance at the Smith School's World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford, England today. The ex-Formula 1 designer and creator of the McLarne F1 sports car asserts that the T.25 represents a major breakthrough in city car design in the areas of weight, footprint, safety, usability and efficiency.
While applying a holistic and purposeful approach to the design and development of the T.25, Gordon Murray Design have taken the opportunity to incorporate solutions to multiple urban mobility problems into the design. A world-leading 6-meter turning circle will help with urban maneuvering and parking, while its 1.3 meter width opens the possibility to consider timed lane zones with two vehicles travelling and overtaking in one lane. Combine this with its length, it could triple lane usage at peak times.
The T.25's short length also opens an opportunity to park end on to the curb, and the door opening allows three cars to be parked in one parallel parking space. Gordon Murray Design was established in 2007 to develop an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology trademarked iStream, and the design and prototyping of the T.25 city car was central to both the development and validation of iStream. This manufacturing process is now industrialized, including final factory designs by specialist automotive consultants.
The iStream assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional manufacturing process and the teams is claiming it could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T. Development of the process began over 15 years ago. The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This reduces capital investment in the assembly plant by at least 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants.
The iStream design process is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and will lead to a significant reduction in full lifecycle CO2.
The T.25 has recently been seen testing on public roads, so Gordon Murray Design are excited to now release the first images of the car's interior and seating position.