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While automakers around the world are readying for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, McLaren is biding its time for what might be a very special unveiling at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix held in May.
According to GTspirit, McLaren may introduce an all-new successor to Gordon Murray’s legendary McLaren F1 in the coming months. Under the codename McLaren P12, this halo car will utilize a tuned version of the MP4-12C’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing approximately 800-hp as well as an F1 tech derived KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), capable of an additional 120-hp. Engineers will also be working with carbon fiber and light alloys even more extensively to keep the weight of the P12 down to a feather-weight target just over 2500 lbs.
An unconventional venue for a product launch, the tax haven for the world’s wealthiest might just be the perfect place for McLaren. A 15-time winner of the Monaco GP, McLaren hopes to take advantage of the many high profile clients that will attend the race. Production for the P12 isn’t expected to begin before 2014 and is likely to demand a starting price of €750,000.
One of the most respected names in the automotive business is Gordan Murray. Not only was he the designer behind some of the best Formula 1 race cars back in the 1980′s, he was also the mastermind behind the McLaren F1 road car, which is still widely respected as the best supercar ever made.
Having recently worked on such projects as the Caparo T1 and his own Gordon Murray Design T.25 city car, he has now pulled the wraps off his latest creation, the T.32.
Also known as the Teewave AR.1, the project was green-lighted by carbon-fiber specialists Toray Industries Inc. Toray wants to get into the business of making their own car, rather than just supplying panels for other manufacturers.
So Toray employed the services of Gordon Murray to design and develop their new car, which uses the running gear out of the Mitsubishi iMiEV. This 63-hp electric motor can propel this 1,874 lb. sportscar from 0-62 mph in 11.4 seconds, and onto a top speed of 91 mph.
However, the AR.1 is designed to be more of an urban sportscar, and thus its 0-31 mph acceleration time of 4.4 seconds will ensure it can easily keep pace with other traffic.
As with all electric vehicles, most people are more interested in charging times and range. The Teewave AR.1 will take six-hours to fully charge and can travel 116-miles before needing recharging.
Murray reveals that it took just nine months from concept discussion to running prototype. No dates have been given as to when this vehicle will go on sale, in which markets or how much it will cost.
Gordon Murray, the man responsible for not only designing, but conceiving the idea for the McLaren F1, is now a part of Lotus.
Murray joints the likes of industry veterans Tom Purvez and Bob Lutz on the brand’s advisory council, giving input on the future direction of the brand. The purpose of the council, says Lotus, “is to give advice and guidance on strategic issues such as product strategy, technology, quality, brand, marketing and distribution for Group Lotus.”
“For years I’ve been a huge admirer of Lotus,” said Murray. “I have great respect for the legacy that Colin Chapman created and I think what Dany and the team are doing is a really good thing for the brand. He’s taking the strength from Chapman’s principals and taking the business to the next level whilst still keeping the general ethos – not an easy task! I’m really looking forward to contributing to Group Lotus during this exciting time.”
As a member of the council, Murray will also continue to run the recently founded Gordon Murray Design company, where he designed and prototyped the T.25 and T.27 city cars.
For years, Gordon Murray’s pet project has been rumored for a while, like the secret creation of a mad scientist. And after much speculation, it’s finally been unveiled: the T.27 city car, the world’s most efficient electric car.
The electric city car has been Murray’s singular obsession ever since he wrapped up the McLaren F1 and various go-fast consulting projects. £9 million has been invested in the project over the past three years, a car that has been described at various points as “revolutionary“—which in this case means its packaging and size.
At a tick over 7 feet long, it’s even smaller than the Smart car: three T.27s can cram into one parking space. The car seats three with the driver up front and center, just as on the F1, and they climb in through a massive upwards-swinging door that takes over much of the cockpit. As far as McLaren comparisons go, that’s about it.
With a top speed of 60mph and 15 seconds to get there, nobody is labeling it a supercar in the traditional sense. But as far as efficiency goes, the T.27 is as dedicated to mileage as the F1 was to speed: it is 36% more efficient than Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV and 29% more than the electric Smart car, with the ability to reach 100 miles on its charge. It features a 33-horsepower electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries, and still manages to be just 1,500 lbs. The T.27 has also been tested under the strict Euro-NCAP safety standards under Murray’s approval, with results that he claims are “first-class.”
The T.27 will be built in England as an example of low-cost manufacturing, with a streamlined process that adds the powertrain, brakes, and suspension to the chassis before the body panels, which should take full advantage of its lightweight packaging. A sales figure has not been listed yet.
For the new Batman Live World Arena Tour theater production, which kicks off in Manchester, UK, on July 19, Formula 1 design legend Gordon Murray was tasked with creating a ‘Batmobile’ as a set prop.
It was a chance for Murray, who is probably best known for the McLaren F1, to bring out his inner child. During the unveiling in West London; Murray said that the car utilizes Formula 1 aerodynamics to maximize downforce and employs a new type of ‘breathable’ carbon fiber structure and sports ‘virtual’ wheels. “I wanted to give it life on stage, so I invented virtual wheels indicated by the LED ring of lights.”
Boasting tandem seating with retractable canopies, Murray says the idea behind it was “that it could be a real car of the future.” It’s also powered by a hydrogen fuel cell something that Murray said “all of our cars could have in 20 years time.”
For more info, including Murray’s comments at the car’s unveiling, click on the video below:
[Source: Daily Telegraph]
Gordon Murray’s most famous project so far has been the McLaren F1. But if the legendary South African designer has his way, his next project will be the one that forms the basis of his legacy, and the T.27 electric city car may just make it after passing a European market crash test with flying colors.
The T.27 showed no cabin intrusion during the 40mph frontal crash test, thanks to its Formula 1 inspired monocoque chassis, which is designer to withstand incredible impacts while being lightweight and rigid. Murray expects to have running prototypes in the Spring, with the eventual goal being the licensing of the technology, as well as Murray’s proprietary manufacturing process, to other car makers.
After designing the legendary McLaren F1, Gordon Murray decided to try his hand at something completely different. Murray revealed his latest creation, the T.25 City Car, at an event in Oxford, England, and to say that it’s a 180 from the McLaren F1 is an understatement.
The T.25 weighs in at a truly featherweight 1,212 pounds and is less than eight feet long. Power comes from a 51-horsepower inline 3-cylinder engine, and 0-60mph can be measured in geological epochs (the official number is 16.2 seconds). Of course, the T.25 really has nothing to do with performance, as its focus is on city driving. The T.25 will get 61.9 mpg in the city, while being small enough to park perpendicular to the curb, fitting three T.25s into a single space.
Since this is a Murray design, the T.25 will share a design cue with the F1. The cockpit is laid out similar to the F1, with the driving sitting in the center, flanked by two passengers. To facilitate easy entry, the front of the car swings open like a clamshell.
Hit the jump for the official press release
Gallery: T.25 City Car
[Source: Gordon Murray Design]
Gordon Murray is eager to stress that his firm, Gordon Murray Design, is not in the business of producing cars, especially not his new T25 city car. “We’re not a car company; our business is selling intellectual property for the production process,” Murray told Auto Express.
Murray’s proclamation comes on the heels of his announcement that he has already sold the design of the T25 to an unnamed European company and a Japanese design firm, but Murray won’t reveal their identities. With the T25, and his new iStream manufacturing process, Murray is pursuing a new business model, whereby a design is licensed to several different companies who produce their own version of the car.
After he finishes the electric version of the T25, dubbed the T27, Murray said that he will build a superlight Mazda MX5 rival as well as a supercar to compete with the McLaren MP4-12C.
McLaren’s MP4-12C is the company’s first road-going 2-seater car. No, really. The British racing firm’s first effort, the McLaren F1, was famously equipped with a 3-seater configuration, with a drivers seat mounted in the center, and two bucket seats mounted on either side. A famous saying (sometimes attributed to F1 designed Gordon Murray) is that the 3-seater existed so that there was one seat for your wife, and one for your mistress.
With the MP4-12C, McLaren is back to the 2-seat configuration, but it may not be the sole option. Reports coming out of Germany say that a 2+2 variant is in the works, though its hard to imagine how McLaren will fit two more seats back there. Of course, the Porsche 911 and Lotus Evora are technically 2+2 cars, but in reality, the rear seats aren’t good for anything more than toddlers or golf clubs.
Not long after Gordon Murray’s McLaren F1 was feted at the company’s headquarters, new details have emerged about Murray’s all-new T27 city car, being developed by the South African-born engineer independently of McLaren.
Essentially an electric version of the T25 city car, the T27 uses a lithium-ion battery and a small electric motor to hit 60 mph in under 15 seconds. The time might seem agonizingly slow for many car enthusiasts, but in urban driving, the 8.2 foot length and 4.3 foot width, along with a range of 80-100 miles will matter far more, allowing the T27 to deliver an acceptable driving range and fit into the tightest of parking spaces.
A running prototype is expected to be completed by April of next year, and judging by Murray’s past creations, as well as the leaked info about the T25, both city cars should be game changers.
[Source: World Car Fans]
Looking like a human-sized version of a Zhu Zhu pet car, Peel Microcars sold their wares for a brief period in the 1960′s, and cars like the Murray T25 and Smart Fortwo seem to be able to trace their lineage back to the Peel.
Powered by a 50cc moped engine, the Peel was not fast and its three-wheeled nature meant that there were some issues regarding how road-legal it could be. But for all its faults, the Peel has attracted an unlikely supporter, and as you’ll see below, he might be on to something.
Gordon Murray, the engineering genius who brought the world the McLaren F1 is hard at work on his new city car project, which was spotted undergoing testing in England.
Unlike the million-dollar F1, Murray’s new T25 city car is designed to be simple, urban transportation that will radically transform the way cars are designed and built. While Murray has been understandably secretive about his new project, bits and pieces of information have leaked out, and Murray himself is keen on showing completely disguised prototypes of the car flanked by “small cars” such as the Smart Fortwo, Fiat 500, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Golf. The T25 is dwarfed by all of them, even the original Mini and Fiat 500.
Despite its size, Murray intends for the T25 to be a mastery of packaging, using a McLaren style “driver up front” layout with two seats positioned aft of the driver. The wheels have been pushed out to the very corners to allow for the passengers to fit comfortably, while the single door will swing out far enough to their is ample cabin access.
The T25 is also designed to have superior driving dynamics, and a footprint small enough that three T25s can be parked side-by-side in a conventional single car parking space.
Hit the link below to see the first photo of theT25:
GALLERY: T25 City Car Prototype