Gordon Murray Design T25February 26, 2009
Gordon Murray Design says that its T.25 City Car is on sale this month, together with licenses for the company’s new iStream manufacturing process.
The T.25 is a radical, innovative design for a new type and class of personal transport vehicle that offers solutions to reduce congestion and parking problems whilst addressing the issue of full lifecycle CO2 damage. It is designed and packaged to protect mobility, personal freedom and driving ‘fun’ whilst greatly reducing the environmental damage from vehicle manufacturing.
The iStream assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional manufacturing process and Gordon Murray Design claims it could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T.
The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that 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 CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of the vehicles produced using it, compared with conventional ones. The design process has therefore been built around the mantra of ‘Think Light’ and all materials for each variant are carefully selected to be as light as possible whilst being ‘fit for purpose.’
Gordon Murray Design says that it has already been approached by 15 potential clients based in 12 different countries. Gordon Murray says “This is an idea that began in 1993 and, with the hard work of the team and help from our investors, it’s great to finally see it coming to fruition. The T.25 architecture, packaging, materials selection and manufacturing process promises to be the biggest revolution in the mass production of cars in the last 100 years. I believe the timing is perfect given the current situation within the automotive industry.”