Gordon Murray Design T.27 Electric City Car passes crash test

Article by Christian A., on January 19, 2011

The first crash test conducted on the Gordon Murray Design T.27 Electric City Car had outstanding results. Gordon Murray Design carried out the test on its vehicle equipped with the iStream manufacturing technology at MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association).

The crash test that was conducted was the mandatory EEC 40 percent offset deformable barrier front high speed impact. The results showed that the Gordon Murray Design T.27 Electric City Car had zero cabin intrusion and the outcome was extremely close to those predicted by computer simulation.

Gordon Murray Design’s iStream manufacturing system is intended to reduce the weight and cost with increased levels of safety. The iStream composite monocoque offers Formula One technology to mass production vehicles with considerably higher specific energy absorption rates than conventional bodied cars.

Engineering Director of Gordon Murray Design, Frank Coppuck, related that the crash test symbolizes a key milestone in both vehicle safety and the company’s history. It shows that cars made around iStream technology can succeed in reducing the weight and cost, he continued.

Coppuck even added that the company managed to make meaningful reductions when it comes to energy usage when it was manufactured without compromising safety. Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive Ltd., managed to develop the T.27 Electric City Car through the investment made by government-assisted Technology Strategy Board in the amount of £4.5 million. Total cost so far is at £9 million. The consortium expects to develop actual running prototypes by the Spring of 2011.

Gordon Murray, the designer of the McLaren F1, claims that his company’s T.27 Electric City Car is most efficient electric vehicle in the world. This vehicle is co-developed by his United Kingdom-based design company Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive, which provides the electric drive for the car.

Customers can choose from up to six different interior layouts for the T.27 Electric City Car, which is equipped with an electric motor that delivers up to 25 kW (34 hp) as well as a 12 kWh Li-ion battery. The T.27 has dimensions of 2.5 meters in length, 1.3 meters in width and 1.6 meters in height, with 1.78 meters in wheelbase. Tipping the scales at 680 kg (including the battery), the T.27 can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 15 seconds, offers a driving range of between 80 miles and 100 miles per charge.

While the T.27 Electric City Car will offer zero emissions at the point of use, its complete emissions -- including those generated by the power stations -- are expected to be only 48 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer for the urban cycle and 28 grams for the combined driving cycle.

Press Release

T.27 CRASH TEST RESULTS A MAJOR BREAK THROUGH IN CAR SAFETY

Gordon Murray Design have conducted the first crash test of a vehicle built with their ground breaking iStream® manufacturing technology. The test was carried out at MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) on a Gordon Murray Design T.27 Electric City Car.

The crash test was the mandatory EEC 40% offset deformable barrier front high speed impact and the T.27 came through with flying colours with zero cabin intrusion and the measured results being extremely close to those predicted by computer simulation.

This outstanding result is a great endorsement for Gordon Murray Design's iStream® manufacturing system which delivers reduced weight and cost with increased levels of safety. The iStream® composite monocoque brings Formula One technology to mass production vehicles with significantly higher specific energy absorption rates compared with conventional bodied cars.

Frank Coppuck, Gordon Murray Design's Engineering Director said:

"This crash test represents a major milestone in vehicle safety and in the history of Gordon Murray Design. It clearly demonstrates that cars built using iStream technology can achieve low weight, cost and significant reductions in energy usage during manufacturing without compromising safety."

The development of the T.27, by Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive Ltd, has been made possible through a £4.5m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board. With a total cost of £9m, the consortium will develop running prototypes of the vehicle by Spring 2011.

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