McLaren F1 Designer Gordon Murray To Start His Own Company

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Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 hypercar, is launching his own limited-production automotive brand called Gordon Murray Automotive.

The new company will serve as a sister company to Gordon Murray Design. The goal is to take Murray’s renown car designs and put them into production. These vehicles will be in very limited numbers, as this new branch is a low-volume one. All of these cars will be based on Murray’s iStream production process, which is safer and better for the environment. The process uses lightweight Formula One technology to produce cars with fewer CO2 emissions than regular road vehicles.

The firm’s first iStream design included the T25 and T27. These models addressed major design strategies related to city issues like weight, footprint, safety, efficiency and usability. In 2015, Murray’s design company engineered and built the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept, a two-seater sports car that has not yet been produced.

Gordon plans to keep the cost of his new vehicles fairly low, and aims to build a supercar that is under 2000 pounds. The iStream technology process makes lightweight vehicles possible through its use of composite panels bonded to a steel tube chassis. The result is an ultra-light space frame that remains impressively rigid at the same time. This process has proved to be extremely effective and strong in crash tests as well.

Murray reportedly told Autocar,

"“The new manufacturing business significantly expands the capabilities of our group. With our first new car, we will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon.”"

Decades of legendary vehicles will come together for a remarkable event that you won’t want to miss!

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There is a show set to take place next month on November 3rd, where nearly all the cars Murray designed will be displayed together, including at least one F1 model. It will mark the his legendary 50-year career and the 25-year anniversary of the F1. The event will also celebrate 10 years of Gordon Murray Design and the 10th anniversary of his innovating iStream technology.

The invitation-only event is sure not to disappoint with an impressive lineup and an all-new “groundbreaking vehicle” debut. Think you’ll be left out of the loop? Don’t worry. The exhibition will provide an online virtual tour that will provide details of all the cars and explain their history. The online tour can be accessed on the Gordon Murray Design website. Note: the online screening will be posted shortly after the conclusion of the event.

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Take a look at the video below to see what Gordon Murray had to say about the McLaren F1, 25 years later.

We are certainly excited by the news that there will be more Gordon Murray vehicles out there. More details to follow. Stay tuned.

Source: MotorAuthority