Gordon Murray's T25 and T27 city cars sold to manufacturer, projected market launch in 2016
13 August 2013

Gordon Murray’s innovative T25 and T27 city cars have been sold to an unnamed manufacturer ahead of a projected market launch in 2016.

Murray confirmed the news on his official blog. "The T25 and T27 concept has now been sold to a customer and with a following wind a lot more drivers should be able to enjoy the centre drive experience in 2016," he said.

The T25 and T27 are city cars with a 1+2 seating, the front seat being central. A modified, rear-mounted three-cylinder 660cc 51bhp Smart petrol engine powers the T25, while the T27 is an all-electric version of the same car.

The cars foreshadow a new era of tiny, great-to-drive economy cars as well as a highly original manufacturing process called iStream that slashes the investment, factory space and energy required for manufacturing.

With a kerb weight of only 575kg tThe T25 weighs considerably less than the Smart Fortwo (which weighs in at 750kg), while its footprint is also much smaller measuring 2400mm in length, 1300mm in width and 1400mm in height. Its turning circle is around six metres.

Independent suspension features all-around, as does proper crash structures and features such as ABS, traction control and an airbag. The tubular steel and composite floor chassis frame creates a chassis that is "exceptionally strong", according to Gordon Murray Design. 

It has just one door, which swings open upwards to allow access even in tight spaces. The T25 can be parked front on into a space a normal car would have to parallel park into. The rear passenger seats can be folded flat to offer a significant load-carrying capacity of 720 litres. The standard boot capacity is 160 litres.

In his blog, Murray also revealed he has signed contracts for four other projects based around his iStream manufacturing process, and two other projects not related to iStream. By the end of 2013 he plans to have two new prototypes running, meaning the firm would have created six working prototypes since its inception in 2007. 

“The next challenge in the iStream story is to develop one or more of our current programmes into a mass-produced vehicle so that as many folks as possible can enjoy the benefits of low cost, low weight and very high levels of safety that iStream provides - truly Formula One technology for the everyday motorist,” he said.

Murray also revealed his Gordon Murray Design business has taken on 30 new staff to meet the increasing demand for its services, and has acquired two extra buildings next to his Guildford, Surrey, base to meet the expansion. 

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The Murray T27 is the more recently produced battery-electric version of the T25 built in concert with electric hardware maker Zytek

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13 August 2013

but would be good if it worked.

13 August 2013

Londonist wrote:

but would be good if it worked.

....But WILL be good WHEN it works.

Has Gordon Murray ever publicly failed at anything he's put his mind to................

13 August 2013

2016....really ?. Needs to come to the market quicker than this.

13 August 2013

So, who has bought T25/27 ?

I think this car will sell at the right price. If they offer a basic version for £5k Ill be interested. The 2016 lauch date suggests the cars may be quite different from the original prototypes.

13 August 2013

Any chance the "unnamed manufacturer" might be SAIC? ... They could use the Longbridge plant to manufacture - from scratch - this truly British car instead of sticking together the Chinese MG kit-cars ... They'd sell a helluva lot more!!

13 August 2013

It would be easy to mock this - the un-named manufacturer must be Fisher Price and why does it need traction control? - but really with the kudos of Mr Murray only a fool would bet against success. Having visited Rome earlier this year and been amazed at the success of the Smart you can easily see a huge market. These are city cars in a true sense. Provided a wide variety of personalisation is made available to make these fashionable then they should overcome their somewhat radical looks. Easy manufacturing should aid a lower price too - good luck!

13 August 2013

[quote=turini]

It would be easy to mock this - the un-named manufacturer must be Fisher Price and why does it need traction control?

Because...From 1st November 2011, all new car and light commercial vehicle models in the European Union must be equipped with the anti-skid system ESP (Electronic Stability Programme). The corresponding EU regulation applies to all vehicles with type approvals issued after this date. The system will subsequently become compulsory in all new EU vehicles from 31st October 2014.

Is that OK?

13 August 2013

Can't wait to find out which manufacturer has been far-sighted enough to go with this.  I just hope the production version lives up to the massive promise of the prototypes.

13 August 2013

Assuming the articles figures are accurate regarding the Murray cars length of 2.4 metres how will it be possible to park it nose to the kerb as, in a parallel parking area, stated in the article?

Are there any existing cars that have a width of 2.4 metres or indeed any parking bays marked out with a width of 2.4 metres or wider?

Current popular cars are approaching 2.0 metres wide and even they are taking up too much of the road width when parellel parked let alone an additional 0.4 metres being taken away for drivers to pass any parked Murray car.

maxecat

13 August 2013

Great to hear they are going into production.

If they  came to market with an Apple, or Sony badge i suspect they would get a better reception than a conventional car company as people expect wierd and inovative from these companies.

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