05 September 2010

The Gordon Murray T25

Cars will change in the future according to Gordon Murray, designer of the T25. His vision of future personal mobility is the T25. This car is 2.4m long, 1.30m wide and 1.40m high. It sits three with the driver alone at the front and the two rear passengers sitting behind and to each side of the front seat. Either or both of the rear seats can make way for more cargo space if needed.

It weighs 575 kg and has a 660 cc three cylinder engine with a clutchless five speed transmission. It accelerates to 100 kph or 60 mph in 16.2 seconds and the top speed is 90 mph (160 kph). Fuel economy is up to 74 mpg and fuel efficiency of 86 g/km. It is light, strong and easy to assemble. The car is reported to be very quiet inside. The panels are bolt-on self-coloured recycled plastic, making them cheap and easy to replace. The only door opens upward which I see as a problem in most garages and in the rain. Nice idea otherwise.

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