It's been a few months since we last heard from Gordon Murray, designer of the legendary McLaren F1 supercar and upcoming (hopefully) T25 city car. Back in February, Murray mentioned that his firm had received interest from over a dozen international companies that could license the car's design and iStream production method to set up franchises selling the innovative machine. Speaking to Car Magazine in the UK, Murray expounds:
We've had 20 inquiries from 15 different countries; only seven are existing car producers. We've had governments saying "we need a car for our cities." But equally you could start seeing cars coming from brand owners like Apple or Virgin or Sony.Murray further explains that the T25 will be equipped with a 660cc engine sourced from Mitsubishi in both turbocharged and naturally aspirated forms. Future iterations of the platform are planned with hybrid and electric powertrains.
Interestingly, Murray suggests that much of the philosophy behind the T25 was taken from the motorcycle world, including driver involvement and low environmental impact. All told, Murray estimates that the T25 will use 40 percent less energy than a conventional car over its entire lifecycle.
[Source: Car Magazine]