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An electric version of the car will follow

A former Formula One engineer has developed an ultra-compact city car, called the T.25, that is even smaller than a Smart car and averages about 74 mpg. The T.25 was designed by Gordon Murray and his team in Shalford, south east England. It took them three years to complete the design, and many features on the tiny vehicle reflect those used on one of the most famous “supercars” ever built: the McLaren F1

Murray's T.25 has a top speed of 80 mph, s only four-feet-wide by eight-feet-long, and has a turning radius of six feet. The vehicle features a central driving position and central instrumentation/controls, much like the McLaren F1, and offers a customizable interior that can set up six different ways to either seat two people in the rear or use it for cargo space.

Weighing in at only 550 kilograms (1,200 pounds), the T.25 is an easily maneuverable car that was developed with Formula One technology, materials, and philosophy, which makes the vehicle parts easy to replace in case of an accident. Also, the side mirrors are placed within the overall width of the car making it more difficult to lose them, and the fuel caps are on both sides of the vehicle for convenience. The sale price for a T.25 is set at $9,000.

In addition to the T.25, Murray has also developed two other new concepts: the T.27 and iStream. The T.27 is the T.25's electric relative with a range of 80-100 miles and has a price tag of $18,000. Currently, this is the only information available on this model.

According to Murray, iStream completely changes the way the manufacturing process is designed by simplifying the auto assembly line. The iStream will "allow all major components to be fitted directly on to the chassis prior to the body panels," which are pre-painted as well, and this streamlining could ultimately lead to smaller and more efficient auto plants that will reduce carbon emissions with the vehicles they're producing. 

The iStream was analyzed by Holger Erker, managing director of the German engineering consultancy IPE Engineering, and showed plenty of interest in the new idea.

"It is the most radical change in, let's say, the last 100 years of car body making," Erker said. "With iStream, one of the most cost intensive production steps -- body panel press shop -- is completely eliminated." 

Murray worked as a Formula One designer from 1969-2006. In 2007, he opened the Gordon Murray Design consultancy. He won the "Idea of the Year" award in November 2008 at Autocar Magazine's annual awards ceremony for his proposed manufacturing process (iStream) for the T.25.

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Perfect car.....
By jabber on 7/12/2010 8:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
...for those of us that live 5 to 10 miles from our place of work that would take 10-20mins by car across town or 45mins+ if we took the bus.

As I live in a city and 5-6 miles from where I work, I would consider such a vehicle.

I drive a very small car at the moment and love the fact I can dart through gaps in traffic the twats in their BMW M5s and Range Rover Sports have to just dream about. Oh yeah they are more powerful but a lot slower across town.

Great fun.

RE: Perfect car.....
By BZDTemp on 7/12/2010 8:50:47 AM , Rating: 1
with 5-6 miles you should think about a bicycle. Cheap, fun, fast and god for your health.

RE: Perfect car.....
By Pessimism on 7/12/2010 9:24:42 AM , Rating: 5
Cycling to work is a pipe dream unless you live in a more forward thinking European country that has showers in large office buildings for this purpose. Noone wants to sit in the cube next to the dude who has been marinating in his own crack sweat for 6 hours. B.O. is disgusting.

RE: Perfect car.....
By Jeffk464 on 7/12/2010 2:19:27 PM , Rating: 3
6 miles on a bike is nothing, but yeah it sucks if the roads are not bike friendly or weather is bad. I can cruze at 12 mph on a bike without breaking a sweat, but I don't like the idea of some car turning me into road pizza.

RE: Perfect car.....
By EricMartello on 7/12/10, Rating: 0
RE: Perfect car.....
By Spivonious on 7/12/2010 9:53:34 AM , Rating: 2
I'd love to, but I'd get run over by cars on the no-shoulder, speed limit 55mph road to work.

RE: Perfect car.....
By Yawgm0th on 7/12/2010 10:18:23 AM , Rating: 1
And oh-so-effective when there are 16 inches of snow on the ground...

RE: Perfect car.....
By jabber on 7/12/2010 3:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
No way. I'd love to in a 'perfect world' of flat roads, no rain and cool climate.

But the world aint perfect.

Cyclist = Roadkill in waiting!

RE: Perfect car.....
By Jeffk464 on 7/12/2010 7:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
Sucks, I love cycling. But I have learned to only go in places that seem safe for bikes, which never seems to be along a useful commute route. Kind of means its a hobby and not a useful way of getting around.

RE: Perfect car.....
By Drag0nFire on 7/12/2010 1:03:58 PM , Rating: 3
Is anyone else reminded of the Top Gear episode where Jeremy Clarkson drives the P50? It's hysterical...

RE: Perfect car.....
By Spuke on 7/12/2010 3:08:42 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, that was goddamn funny! I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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