Gordon Murray releases details of new T.27 city car

Gordon Murray releases details of new T.27 city car

Gordon Murray has built a reputation as one of the most innovative engineers and designers in the automotive world. The man who created the McLaren F1 supercar was always going to get a lot of cred and his latest project is the new T.27 electric city car. The T.27 is the battery powered variant of the T.25, a model that is scheduled to debut shortly with a gas engine. Both models use the same basic architecture, and like the McLaren F1, they feature a three seat layout.

Murray’s firm is teaming up with Zytek Automotive, a UK-based engineering consultancy with strong experience in electric and hybrid powertrains. The car is just 7.9-foot long and has a 12 kilowatt-hour battery pack mounted under the seats and a 25 kilowatt electric motor pushing the back wheels. The clever part is that Zytek has managed to package the motor, single-speed transmission and power electronics into one small unit. The system is claimed to give the car a range of 100-150 kilometers and with the CO2 emissions are a combined 48 grams / kilometer.

The T.27 is claimed to have a super tight turning circle of just 19.7 feet and with its width of just 4.3 feet, three of them can fit into a single parking space perpendicular to the curb. The program first started late last year and the first running prototype is due to be completed in April 2011.

Gordon Murray has built a reputation as one of the most innovative engineers and designers in the automotive world. The man who created the McLaren F1 supercar was always going to get a lot of cred and his latest project is the new T.27 electric city car. The T.27 is the battery powered variant of the T.25, a model that is scheduled to debut shortly with a gas engine. Both models use the same basic architecture, and like the McLaren F1, they feature a three seat layout.

Murray’s firm is teaming up with Zytek Automotive, a UK-based engineering consultancy with strong experience in electric and hybrid powertrains. The car is just 7.9-foot long and has a 12 kilowatt-hour battery pack mounted under the seats and a 25 kilowatt electric motor pushing the back wheels. The clever part is that Zytek has managed to package the motor, single-speed transmission and power electronics into one small unit. The system is claimed to give the car a range of 100-150 kilometers and with the CO2 emissions are a combined 48 grams / kilometer.

The T.27 is claimed to have a super tight turning circle of just 19.7 feet and with its width of just 4.3 feet, three of them can fit into a single parking space perpendicular to the curb. The program first started late last year and the first running prototype is due to be completed in April 2011.

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