On track for emis­sion pos­si­ble

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AMAN who won For­mula One world cham­pi­onships for Brab­ham and McLaren now wants to change the world. Gor­don Murray cre­ated what is still gen­er­ally re­garded as the world’s best su­per­car, the McLaren F1. But Murray, who left McLaren for new chal­lenges, be­lieves he can make an­other land­mark car with the po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tionise city trans­port. His goal is huge re­duc­tions in man­u­fac­tur­ing, run­ning and life-cy­cle C02 emis­sions. He calls it the T.25 and it prom­ises to be smaller and more ef­fi­cient than any­thing on the road to­day, in­clud­ing the tiny Smart ForTwo. Murray be­gan the T.25 as a two-year pro­gram, and his team in Bri­tain is now half­way through the work. The first pro­to­type should be built early next year, and he fore­casts im­prove­ments on the orig­i­nal am­bi­tious tar­gets. The T.25 has been de­signed as a tiny, light­weight, fuel-ef­fi­cient car that is as safe and com­fort­able as any of the cur­rent mi­cro-minis. It is in­tended to slash city con­ges­tion and emis­sions. No one at Gor­don Murray De­sign is say­ing much about the fi­nal prod­uct, though the cor­po­rate mantra is ‘‘to pro­tect our mo­bil­ity, per­sonal free­dom and driv­ing fun while re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age from ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing and run­ning’’. And the com­pany is also de­vel­op­ing an in­no­va­tive way of mak­ing the T.25. Murray’s even­tual aim is to sell the T.25 to a big car­maker. He is al­ready in­volved in dis­cus­sions, though noth­ing firm has been set be­yond the first sight of the car early next year.

It’s tiny: Gor­don Murray’s con­cept (cen­tre) looks small along­side Minis and Smarts.

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