GOR­DON MUR­RAY’S STAR CARS

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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.

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