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.
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.