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% offset deformable barrier front high speed impact. The results showed that the T.27 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 through the investment made by government-assisted Technology Strategy Board in the amount of £4.5m. Total cost so far is at £9m. The consortium expects to develop actual running prototypes by the Spring of 2011.