The creator of the legendary Mclaren F1, has developed a unique city car


22/09/2010

Imagine a car that is so compact that two such models can comfortably fit on one page; so small and short that just three of the car can be accommodated on a single parking space.

Plus, this car can be assembled in a simple barn, made of fiberglass, obtained by recycling plastic bottles and steel pipes, using only a fifth of the materials needed to build a conventional car.

This car can solve the problems with traffic jams, because the number of cars in the world by 2020 will increase by 4 times and will be two and a half billion.

Also, this car can help make the dream of millions of people to buy cars, while preserving precious resources such as water, energy and steel.

And this machine is already set up.

This triple model weighs only 575 kg, can accelerate to 145 km / hour and will cost about $ 9,000.

Legendary cars

The man who designed this car - Professor Gordon Murray, is familiar fans of Formula 1 racing.

In the ’70s and early ’80s, he gained fame as the developer of a Formula 1 car, creating a car that won a series of Grand Prix and World Championships. Then he worked with the Brabham team, which was led by Bernard Ecclestone.

Caption: Professor Murray won the praise of the developer of Formula 1 cars and supercars

Then, he joined McLaren, where he showed himself as a brilliant, creating a car in which Ayrton Senna won his first championship, and then created two legendary super car: McLaren F1, which for many years held the title of the fastest supercar in the world, and Mercedes- Benz SLR McLaren.

But six years ago, Professor Murray decided to leave Formula 1 in order to realize his dream of a revolution in the automotive industry.

"By the time I have accumulated a lot of experience creating sports and racing cars," - he said.

The team of Professor Murray - the exact same team that worked with McLaren - set up a small car called the T.25.

"For fifteen years at McLaren, our team has become perhaps the most powerful team for the production of cars, and now the whole team is working with me," - he said.

Signature: Do not T.25 doors instead provided flip-front.

T.25 follows the design of the interior supercar F1 - the driver’s seat in the middle, and two passenger seats - behind him.

And as well as F1, this car is made from composite materials, only cheaper.

Flexible production

Developed by Professor Murray production method eliminates most of the manufacturing process polluting processes. For example, will not be involved in the process of large stamping presses to build solid metal parts, welding robots and paint shop.

"We do not need this," - he said.

"We extract from the bowels of the earth is very little steel. We use only 35 euros low energy mild steel for each machine, which is a very low-energy process. This is a total of 60 kg of steel in one of T.25. Just something."

The manufacturing method called iStream, is extremely flexible.

Changing the size or shape of the body parts and panels color can be changed by computer - simply enter the new data to the program. Therefore, only one production line is able to create "any body, to your taste, the same day," - he explained.

Simply by changing the size of the carrier body, the manufacturer can put almost any engine or gasoline / diesel internal combustion engine or an electric motor powered by a battery or hydrogen fuel cells.

Due to the fact that the design uses fewer parts from cheaper materials, producers managed to save huge money. But, more importantly, it reduces investment risks, so as to start the project requires less money.

Caption: In the future, car manufacturers will be smaller, cheaper and more environmentally friendly. "I like the efficiency of the design, but the more I love the efficiency in business," - he said.

"The very plant machinery technology iStream - regardless of the size and shape of the final product - takes about 20% of the investments and takes 20% of the conventional automobile plant, also requires half the energy."

Professor Murray is hoping that the number of companies producing cars on technology developed by him, soon increase considerably.

"We want to sell more licenses to the technology iStream, to as many people around the world for the production of a wide variety of cars."

"This is not a small step forward, this is a huge step," - he said.

Original: BBC


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