The Gordon Murray Design T.25 City Car could not only shake up the way we view small cars, it could potentially herald a revolution in affordable, eco-conscious personal transport.
Developed by highly respected Formula One and supercar designer Gordon Murray, the T.25 doesn’t possess a conventional city car footprint.
Measuring just 2.4m in length and 1.3m in width, the T.25 is so compact, two vehicles could be driven side by side in a single lane. Further, by positioning the T.25 perpendicular to the kerb, three vehicles could fit into a conventional parking space.
The packaging inside the T.25 is almost as clever as outside. The Gordon Murray Design T.25 city car uses an F1-inspired safety structure, that allows a light weight construction and multiple interior configurations.
There are potentially six internal layouts available, including a three-seater format with the two passengers sitting either side of the centrally-seated driver – exactly like the McLaren F1 supercar. Boot space also varies from 160 to 720 litres.
Cheap to run and cheap to fix
Power comes from a 660cc three-cylinder engine driving through a five-speed automated gearbox. The T.25 weighs around half as much as a typical supermini, so a mere 51bhp is enough to see the it hit a limited top speed of 90mpg. Claimed fuel economy of 74mpg and 86g/km of CO2 underline its green credentials. Alternative power sources are also being considered, including an all-electric version.
Every aspect of the T.25 city car, from design to construction, maintenance, repair and usage has been considered with the aim of keeping costs and environmental impact down. The modular components, for example, mean that scuffs and scrapes picked up in urban driving are easily and cheaply fixed.
Murray is still investigating backing and/or potential partnerships to carry the T.25 city car project into mass-production. For now, the T.25 is proof that British-based companies continue to lead the field in design and engineering.
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