Following years of hype and a countless number of teasing press releases, we finally have a complete look at Gordon Murray Design’s new T25 city car.
Our reaction? Well, it’s small, for certain. With the exception of height, the T25 is smaller than a Smart ForTwo in every dimension. According to GMD, the T25 measures in at 98.4 inches long, 51.6 inches wide, and 62.4 inches tall. The narrow width enables the T25 to be pulled nose-first into parallel parking spots, but also ride two-abreast in a single lane of traffic -- so long as legislative bodies allow such a maneuver.
That nose-in parking procedure may be necessary thanks to the T25’s door arrangement. Instead of placing doors on the sides of the car, Murray’s team opted instead to place a single door at the front of the car. The entire front fascia lifts up to allow the driver and two passengers entry to the cabin.
To provide as much interior space as possible, GMD pushed the car’s wheels to the outer corners of the chassis. As was the case with Murray’s incredible McLaren F1, the seating position places the driver front and center, with two additional seating positions mounted on either side. This configuration not only allows for more passengers to come aboard (three instead of two), but it also increases cargo volume. The T25 has only 5.7 cubic feet of storage with the passenger seats up, but folding them can bump that figure to a substantial 25.2 cubic feet of space.
GMD was obsessive about reducing the T25’s weight. Thanks to widespread use of composite materials, the car tips the scales just under 1200 pounds -- an ideal weight, since the car uses a small 51-horsepower, 660-cc, gasoline-powered I-3 engine. Body panels are made of recycled materials, and can theoretically be quickly and inexpensively replaced after an accident. On that note, GMD says the car will earn at least a four-star rating in European NCAP safety testing -- impressive, considering the T25’s stature.
We’re impressed with what we see, but it seems the T25 project will again have us waiting. GMD designed and engineered the car and a new so-called iStream manufacturing process, but it doesn’t plan on actually producing the vehicle in-house. Murray has indicated several companies are potentially interested in working with the design firm to push the microcar into mass production.
Source: Gordon Murray Design