The man responsible for designing legendary cars like the McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Mclaren SLR, Gordon Murray, will soon launch his own automotive production company specialising in low-volume series-built creations.
Called Gordon Murray Automotive, the new company will specialise in producing lightweight vehicles built on Murray’s iStream production principles which creates strong and light vehicles from a tubular frame bonded to carbon composite panels through a unique process.
As such the iStream method of production is ideal for vehicles with supercar capabilities, and that’s exactly what Gordon Murray Automotive intends to produce first, promising a flagship model that “will buck the current trend for ever more complicated and heavy vehicles.”
As well as its own vehicle, Gordon Murray Automotive will also operate as a contract manufacturer for automotive firms looking to create highly specialised limited-run vehicles.
“The new manufacturing business significantly expands the capabilities of our group of companies,” Gordon Murray explained.
“With our first new car, we will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon.”
Further details of the new company will be announced in early November, with the manufacturing arm arriving on the tenth anniversary of the announcement of the iStream production method.
Murray’s lightweight production platform has most recently been shown as the underpinnings beneath the revived TVR Griffith, but the construction method is also flexible enough to be used in low cost applications, like Murray’s proposed T.25 city car.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Murray’s career in automotive design, and to celebrate Murray’s company will host a ‘One Formula’ exhibition gathering together examples of the talented designer’s race, road, and concept cars - some of which have never been displayed previously.