Gordon Murray Races Toward the Plastic Auto Age

October 3, 2011

Murray—a famed racecar designer whose cars have won five world championships—has for the last few years been fine-tuning a manufacturing concept called iStream, which employs composites instead of steel for the chassis, body, and other components of a traditional consumer car.

The end result is a cheaper, lighter, and more energy-efficient vehicle. In a 2010 efficiency race in the U.K., a prototype of Gordon Murray Design’s T.25—a three-seater with a gas engine that weighs half as much as a conventional comparable—achieved a mileage rating of 96 miles per imperial gallon, or about 80 miles per U.S. gallon. Read more>>>>