McLaren F1 Designer Unveils Efficient Small Urban Car

Low-carbon automotive manufacturing environmental impact, cost and efficiency are all things to strive for in true green car development. That is at least what folks like Gordon Murray Design (think designer of the McLaren F1) and venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures feel, revealing recently the T.25 City Car that is seen by these two organizations as “a major breakthrough in city car design in the areas of weight, footprint, safety, usability and efficiency.”

The T.25 City Car, designed by Gordon Murray Design, was developed using the design firm’s iStream manufacturing process, which is said to reduce “full lifecycle C02 damage” while increasing production efficiencies. This basically means that the vehicle was designed in such a way as to minimize the environmental impacts of manufacturing, which can be many, while still producing a quality vehicle at reduced manufacturing costs.

Gordon Murray T.25

image via Gordon Murray Design

As for the T.25 itself, Autoblog Green reports that this uber-small vehicle will be powered by a three-cylinder engine that can get it over 60 MPH in about 16 seconds. While this means this vehicle is a gas-powered car, one needs to take into consideration when thinking green on this design about its total environmental footprint (besides, as mentioned by Automotive World, it will also have an electric sibling known as the T.27). The T.25 will be able to park at 90 degrees to the curb, offering the ability to park up to three of these cars in one parallel parking space. It will also be ultra-lightweight, hold between one and three people and sport a special door opening system.

“The iStream process used to produce the T.25 is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and offers a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of the vehicles produced using it, compared with conventional ones,” said CEO Gordon Murray in a statement. “The simplified assembly process means that an assembly plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%.”

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