GORDON MURRAY’S STAR CARS
1978 BRABHAM BT46B ‘FAN CAR’ Displaying an ability to think laterally, 31-year-old Murray, appointed Brabham chief designer five years earlier by owner Bernie Ecclestone, designed this radical F1 car. Powered by an Alfa flat 12, it used rear-mounted fans, ostensibly for cooling, to greatly increase downforce and fight Lotus’s groundeffect cars. It raced once, won and was quickly withdrawn. 1991 LIGHT CAR COMPANY ROCKET Displaying his penchant for extremely light and small road cars, Murray designed this tandem two-seater, styled like a classic singleseat racer, for the company he founded with racing driver Chris Craft. As light as a motorcycle, the Rocket had a 1.0-litre Yamaha motorbike engine producing up to 165bhp and was good for a top speed of 143mph. 1992 MCLAREN F1 Billed as a supercar to end all supercars, this awesome, light, compact, carbonfibre three-seater used a modified 6.1-litre BMW V12 engine to achieve a top speed of 240mph. Created from the best materials available (the engine bay was gold lined for heat shielding, for instance) the F1 cost £630,000 when new, a huge sum for a car at the time, but it is worth multiples of that today. 2010 T25 AND T27 The tiny Murray T25 petrolpowered city car (and its T27 electric offshoot) introduced the stiffness, efficient build principles and space-saving qualities of the istream process, which almost eliminates inflexible steel stampings from its process. The T25 used a modified Smart powerplant and could seat three adults, yet it still had space remaining for luggage.
2015 YAMAHA SPORTS RIDE CONCEPT The exterior may not be his, but istream principles were used for the underpinnings of this Yamaha sports concept, still under consideration for European manufacture. The car, powered by a 1.0-litre engine with about 150bhp, carries clues to a model under consideration by the new Gordon Murray Automotive manufacturing company.