It's easy to forget when you're blowing through gallons of race fuel that efficiency wins races. Perhaps less so for Gordon Murray. Sure he's responsible for nearly 40 years of profoundly thirsty F1 cars as the chief designer at Brabham and later McLaren, but that doesn't mean Murray didn't have his eye on weight, aerodynamics, and fuel consumption the whole time. Just the opposite.
Of course, Murray also went on to design the spectacular McLaren F1. Now, Murray is rethinking car design yet again. His three-seat T.27 electric city car represents a top-to-bottom rehash of the urban commuter, from the passenger layout to the manufacturing process. Early drives are starting to come in from the
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The T.27 was built as a proof of concept in the hopes of hooking a buyer interested in not just a revolutionary car, but the design and manufacturing process behind it. With a design concept dating back to Murray's gas-powered T.25 project in 2007, the lines, centered driving position, and curious forward-tilting cockpit (for entry and egress) are already familiar to Murray watchers. The two cars share bodies and have similar specs, but the T.27 takes another step toward viability with its electric powertrain, courtesy of partner Zytek Automotive.
It appears Murray still has the golden touch. In creating the T.25 and T.27, Murray also created a process that he thinks will dramatically increase the efficiency of car's manufacturing. Even then, he had to find someone with some cash to invest in the automotive business. No small task, even for Murray. Still, the has a buyer lined up and production slated for 2016. Great news for city dwellers who like their cars with a little bit of F1 soul.