Shell and Gordon Murray Reveal Hyper-Efficient City Car Concept
Legendary McLaren F1 designer turns his hand on an eco-concept
The rather tall and narrow concept car was the brainchild of McLaren F1 designer and chief Gordon Murray, who turned his attention away from supercars to create a new vision of what a city car is capable of. This new Shell concept is seen as a "rethink" of the T25 car that debuted back in 2010.
According to Shell, the new car's impressive efficiency of the concept is helped by what it calls "co-engineering," which meant developing the body, engine design, and lubricants all in tandem. The tiny three-cylinder gasoline engine returns a very impressive 89 mpg at 45 mph. This is due in part to the extremely lightweight construction, with the entire car tipping the scales at just 1,212 pounds. Shell claims a five-percent increase in efficiency with the company's special lubricants that were engineered specifically for the concept.
Thanks in part to its construction methods, compared to other city cars, the Shell concept reduces "primary energy" over the vehicle's lifecycle by 34 percent when compared to other city cars. When compared to larger cars, the Shell concept cuts primary energy by 50 percent against small family cars, and a whopping 69 percent decrease when compared with a regular SUV.
The tiny three-seater concept keeps the weight low through the use of recycled carbon fiber and a series of 3D printed components. Shell claims if the concept would ever reach production, the car would require just one-quarter of the cost to produce than a car constructed of regular steel.
While this concept does not necessarily preview a future production model, Gordon Murray looks to push the existing T25 city car into production.
Take a look at Shell's vision of the future of efficiency in the photo gallery below.