First official pictures, first interior picture and full spec of revolutionary city car

These are the first official pictures of the Murray T25, Gordon Murray’s revolutionary city car.

The tiny three-seater was shown in public for the first time at Smith School's World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford earlier this week.

See the Murray T25 picturesHilton Holloway blog - Murray T25: engineering over style

It foreshadows 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.

The T25, which it has been confirmed weighs around 575kg, has a much smaller road footprint than today’s smallest production cars, the Smart Fortwo and Toyota iQ.

It is 240cm long, 130cm wide and 140cm high - meaning it can be forward parked in spaces, and that three T25s would fit in the space traditionally occupied by one parrallel parked car. It has a turning circle of six metres

It has independent suspension front and rear and is designed to be powered by a rear-mounted 51bhp 660cc, three-cylinder engine with 42lb ft of torque, linked to a five-speed clutchless transmission.

That translates to a restricted top speed of 90mph, 0-62mph time of 16.2sec . Co2 emissions are rated at 86g/km, while economy is 74mpg.

It also has anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control and an airbag, plus front and rear crush structures. Murray says the Formula One inspired tubular steel and composite floor chassis frame design creates a safety cell that is “immensely strong”.

Murray is aiming to have the T25 ready for production in two years’ time, and there are strong indications that the first iStream factory will be in the UK.

Eventually they could appear across the globe, close to the biggest population centres. Murray said the car’s unusual design and progressive values have powerful appeal both to leading automotive and non-automotive brands.

The car is also noteworthy for its revolutionary single door, which swings up to allow easy access even when the car is tightly parked.

The driver sits centrally with a passenger on either side and slightly to the rear.

Despite the T25’s compactness, there is still space for several large suitcases. The rear seats also fold, meaning it has an official capacity of between 160 litres and 720 litres.

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28 June 2010

It all sounds exciting particularly the F1 racing architecture ... except that 0-62 time. It needs cut by half. Cue the after-market boys. Out of practical interest, does the rear open in any way for luggage access?

28 June 2010

The man is a genius and a legend. Makes the smart and the iQ look like dinosaurs.

28 June 2010

[quote disco.stu]Makes the smart and the iQ look like dinosaurs.[/quote]Agreed!

Well, he did get inspired by the original Smart, the one designed that other bold and basic creator, the Swatch Watch entrepreneur, Nicolas Hayek... I stand to be corrected, but I think Murray also enjoyed learning from an original Fiat 500 driven around town.

28 June 2010


51bhp and traction control? that must be an indication that its on golf trolley wheels or something tiny. and also an indication that it will roll over unless the electrics keep it at 10mph around roundabouts, i await the clarkson and stig test around the top gear track in this car.


28 June 2010

THis car looks like a missed opportunity for me. For only 575 Kgs, it emits 86g/km CO2 and is rated at 74 mpg. The new Mini weighs double as much, has 80% more power yet emits only 13g of CO2 more, and 1.6 miles per gallon less. And what about the VW Lupo 3L?????????

28 June 2010

74 mpg? surely a state of the art car such as this with a tiny engine and no real acceleration should do much better than that? The heavier diesel Polo Bluewhatsit with seating for 5 can do 80 mpg. This should be topping 100 mpg. Another thing, it may just be me, but isn't this about the 3rd set of "first pictures" on the web site in the last few months.

 

 

28 June 2010

This car only makes sense if it is substantially cheaper than, say, a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto - and by that I mean half their price!

Otherwise, why on earth would anyone want to buy that thing over one of the above mentioned cars?

28 June 2010

I think Mutrray has lost the plot.

I fully agree that the concept makes sense. In fact I think that for London they should allow such cars to be parked sideways, as on the continent, so as to save space and encourage usage.

But...the car is ugly. I has none of the cuteness of a Smart nor the appeal of the new Topolino. Sorry but it even makes french cars look good.

28 June 2010

Has absolutely none of the cute factor that a small car like this should have and, boy, are people going to start hating the 'revolutionary' door when they have to get in and out in the rain. Revolutionary, my arse...

28 June 2010

That is hideous! no other way of putting it, the door system looks fundamentally floored (think really heavy rain) and frankly as mentioned above, the efficiency isn't that great either! So it misses its main point by quite a margin!

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