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  (Source: Gordon Murray Designs)

T.27 EV
Car is just as ugly as the T.25

Gordon Murray is one of the most famed car designers and engineers in the world and his most famous creation in the eyes of many enthusiasts is the McLaren F1 that was the world's fastest production car for years. Murray has since turned his attention to creating cars that are green and powered by batteries rather than fuel swilling cars capable of 200 mph top speeds.

Murray has unveiled a new electric minicar called the T.27. The EV is hailed as the world's most efficient EV and is just as ungainly as its predecessor, the T.25. Murray worked with powertrain partner Zytek Automotive to bring the new T-27 to market and the new car uses a lightweight and fully integrated electric motor, control system, and battery for the best efficiency.

The T.27’s specs include a 25 kW electric motor and a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car is very small with a length of 98 inches, width of 51 inches, and height of 63 inches. The car weighs in a 1,500 pounds with the battery and has a 70-inch wheelbase. The range on a single charge is expected to be 100 miles.

Murray said, "The Technology Strategy Board have been incredibly supportive of the T.27 programme and together we are working to keep this in the United Kingdom.  It is a great opportunity to work with Zytek Automotive and our other partners on this very exciting programme.  We always strive to lead the way in automotive design and our current goal is to maximise efficiency of electric vehicles."

Insideline reports that the car seats three and is slated to debut on November 5 at the RAC Future Car Challenge. The car was constructed with financial backing of the British Government Technology Strategy Board.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the T.25 sold for a relatively cheap $9,000.

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RE: Another dumb question -
By RedemptionAD on 6/30/2011 12:51:21 PM , Rating: 3
I call smart cars, Not-so-smart cars. In real world usage a fiesta or a focus will get better mileage. The only way a Not-so-smart car makes sense is in areas that space(or smug) is a higher priority than absolute fuel economy.

RE: Another dumb question -
By JediJeb on 6/30/2011 3:29:22 PM , Rating: 3
One morning driving to work I was behind a Smart Car that had a personalized plate that read SIPGAS. Of course following it through town I was getting irritated just from the smug factor the guy was giving off. Then about half way through town he turned into a gas station, and the car that had been in front of him I could now see. It was a Corvette, and it has a personalized plate that read BGDEAL. I think I laughed all the way to work after that, and wish I had had a video camera, you just can't make something like that up as much as I wish I could.

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