GORDON MURRAY, creator of the highly revered McLaren F1 supercar, has revealed the seating layout of the upcoming T.25 commuter car currently being developed by his company, Gordon Murray Design.
The top-down schematics released by the UK-based company don't show any aspect of the car's external appearance, but do reveal a short, narrow vehicle with minimal overhangs and enough space to seat three adults.
The T.25 will be shorter and narrower than the smart fortwo, and almost half as long as the Volkswagen Golf. However, thanks to Murray's use of a central driving position (a layout used in the McLaren F1), two passengers are able to fit behind and to each side of the driver.
The interior layout is also designed to be easily reconfigurable, and Gordon Murray Design (GMD) says the car boasts 750 litres of cargo space with the passenger seats removed.
Freeing up interior space further is the car's push-button operated automated transmission, which does away with a conventional floor-mounted shifter.
"The little car?s architecture has matured to a point where we have now managed to squeeze 30% more internal volume in to the same external envelope and we now believe that the T25 will be a bigger step forward in vehicle packaging than the mini was in 1959," Gordon Murray said.
Despite its small size, GMD expects the T.25 to achieve a four-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.
Aside from a small glimpse of the front of the car, the car's external styling has yet to be revealed. However, GMD says it will be constructed using mostly recycled materials, with each bodypanel being easily removable for repair.
GMD is currently seeking a partner to help put the T.25 into production, and an official launch date is still far away.