Murray T.27 passed the mandatory high-speed crash test with zero cabin intrusion
19 January 2011

Gordon Murray’s revolutionary T.27 electric city car reached the next, crucial stage of its development this week, when it passed the mandatory crash test at the industry’s research centre, MIRA, with flying colours.

“It’s a huge step forward for us and iStream,” said Murray. “We’d done 160 software simulations during its development, and this matched the predictions,” he added.

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The T.27, which uses the company’s iStream composite monocoque chassis technology to reduce complexity and factory costs, emerged from the 35mph, EU 40 per cent offset deformable barrier front high-speed impact test, with zero cabin intrusion.

The test is an important staging post towards a high EuroNCAP crash safety result, though Murray has already made it clear that he does not expect the car to achieve a five-star rating due to the absence of stability control and curtain airbags, which are compulsory for the top rating.

Murray intends to start testing prototypes of the car later this spring.

Ed Keohane

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