Gordon Murray Design unveiled its T.27 model, which is its latest ultra compact urban vehicle and the most efficient electric car in the world. The design and development of this £9 million program took only 17 months, including the time spent for the new electric powertrain produced by Zytek Automotive Ltd, which is one of the Consortium partners.
Financing for the project was made possible through the £4.5 million investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board.
With the unique, holistic, manufacturing process (‘iStream’) developed by Gordon Murray Design (the consortium lead partner), the T.27 is manufactured specifically for the city environment, reducing lifecycle impacts and enabling efficient, low-cost manufacture within the United Kingdom.
This vehicle model creates new standards in efficiency, packaging, safety, compact car dynamics, footprint and weight while answering issues on full lifecycle CO2 emissions, low cost motoring, congestion and parking.
The patented iStream manufacturing technology of Gordon Murray Design has manufactured new levels of safety and lightweight structure in city vehicles.
The T.27 has an iFrame geometry that allows every aspect of the car to be optimized including Zytek’s integrated powertrain, which is another breakthrough in the world.
During the unveiling of the electric vehicle model at the RAC, Pall Mall, London, Gordon Murray’s CEO -- Professor Gordon Murray – stated that being lightweight is the “most powerful tool” that his company has in the battle against fuel consumption and emissions.
This also helps increase the levels of safety and lessens the retail price significantly. The T.27 is said to represent a big leap forward in protecting mobility and the environment.