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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: T25
By Schrag4 on 7/12/2010 2:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think the reason posteres here are slamming this car is because it's totally impractical for their needs. As far as I can tell, this thing is a commuter ONLY. And it looks to me like it's only marginally safer than a motorcycle.

I could get one of these to commute, but I don't want to own 3 cars. And I don't want the hassles of only owning a single vehicle that can transport our 5 member family. There are times my wife drops the kids off mid-day and I pick them up on my way home (while she's still at work). And, generally speaking, my family is the rule, not the exception.

Anyway, I don't care if people drive these things. Just don't force ME to drive one of these. THAT's likely the true source of all the negative comments. We don't want these, but they'll likely be forced on us soon, if things keep heading they way they're heading.

RE: T25
By Harinezumi on 7/12/2010 6:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I think a motorcycle is a much better comparison for this vehicle than the typical car. The price tag for it seems to be comparable to the upper end of the motorcycle price range, the fuel economy is up there, and it has a comparable carrying capacity.

It does, however, lack a number of deal-breakers that motorcycles would have for me as a commuting option. It's got a roof, so there's no need to worry about getting rained on. It's got 4 wheels, so there's no more risk of losing your balance and spinning out of control than in a regular car. It's got 4 walls, so I can listen to my radio while I commute, and there's a solid piece of plastic on a metal frame between myself and the idiot trying to merge into me while talking on his cell phone. It might not be much help if someone runs a red light and t-bones me, but I'd much rather have that than a pair of jeans and a jacket for a rear or side-by-side collision.

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