Sunday August 8 2010 / Science & Technology

Gordon Murray, world renowned car designer and the man behind the McLaren F1, has launched his latest creation, the T.27. In line with the times, the T.27 is no 1000bhp supercar, but an all-electric city runabout.  There will also be a T.25 petrol version.

Said to represent a breakthrough in terms of weight, safety, useability and efficiency, the T.25 is a three-seater with a footprint that is considerably smaller than the likes of the Smart fortwo or Toyota IQ, a point reflected in its 575kg kerb weight.

Like the Smart car, the T.27 can be forward parked in spaces, its small dimensions - at 1.3m wide it's 26cm narrower than a Smartcar - meaning three can fit in the space it would take one conventional car to parallel park.

A unique single door design means that it is possible to get in and out of the car even when it is parked in close proximity to another, opening up the possibility of fitting two T.27s into one conventional single garage.

This tiny width also means that  - in theory -  two T.27s can drive side-by-side in the same direction in one traffic lane. That should be interesting.

Despite such diminutive dimensions the T.25 is said to be incredibly strong thanks to the use of materials and technology derived from Formula One racing.

Top Speed: 105kph
0-100kph: Less than 15 seconds
Range: 80 – 100 miles

 "The iStream process used to produce the T.25/T.27 is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and offers a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of the vehicles produced using it, compared with conventional ones," said CEO Gordon Murray. "The simplified assembly process means that an assembly 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%."

The T.25 is scheduled to go on sale in 2012, with the T.27 to follow.

 For more information, please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com

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