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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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RE: hmmmm
By DominionSeraph on 7/12/2010 1:52:36 PM , Rating: 1
Your Accord likely blows away those motorcycles in the aerodynamics department, though.

I saw an article several years back that showed two pictures side-by-side: A brand new shark-nosed Katana 600 and a 1950's motorcycle with this useless-looking rounded fairing. They then went on to compare various things about the bikes: Horsepower (the old bike had like 1/3rd the horsepower), weight (Katana was much lighter), tires (bias-ply vs radials) -- on and on and the Katana was just light-years ahead.
Then they said:

Top speed.
Katana: 140
'50's bike: 160

Even though that old bike had nowhere near the power, it had waaaaay better aerodynamics.
Bikes have ridiculously high coefficients of drag. (Like around 0.60.) They get by by having a ton of power for their frontal area.
(An 08 Accord has a coefficient of drag of 0.31 to 0.33. The Prius 0.25. The EV1 was 0.195)

Here, I found this:


Throw a Hayabusa engine in there and you could probably get 220mph top speeds and still get 80mpg highway.

RE: hmmmm
By Jeffk464 on 7/12/2010 7:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
I could see myself driving that volkswagen L1, its a pretty mean looking econo machine. Awesome mileage and it looks like they kept the "zoom zoom" in it.

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