Gordon Murray Awarded 'Idea of the Year'
Automotive icon Gordon Murray, who headed up the design of supercars such as the McLaren F1 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, won 'Idea of the Year' at Autocar's annual awards ceremony this evening for "his vision for a unique car, the T-25, which can be mass produced and manufactured for any brand."
Before a crowd of more than 400 industry leaders from Europe, the US, India and Asia, Autocar's editor Chas Hallett said, "Gordon Murray is looking to completely reinvent the cars that we buy and the way they are made."
"His vision could change the way the industry thinks about designing and building cars and from what we've seen it doesn't get a much better idea than that."
The T-25 is a radical, innovative design for a new type and class of personal transport vehicle that applies a "fit for purpose" approach to lightweight material usage in its construction to achieve an ultra-low vehicle weight.
The T.25 architecture includes a separate body/chassis assembly which can be adapted to many new powertrains, fuels and body styles.
"Innovation is only part of a process," Gordon Murray said. "Our manufacturing process is a complete re-think on the way we build cars and will totally transform automobile production."
"We believe that the T.25 architecture and manufacturing process combined will represent the biggest step forward in our automotive world since the model T Ford, exactly 100 years ago."
"Gordon and his team have for years consistently delivered design and engineering firsts but their work on the T-25 addresses a set of cost, weight and propulsion issues that are among the greatest challenges facing the auto industry," said Jonathan Feiber, Gordon Murray Design board member and MDV Mohr Davidow Ventures Managing Partner.
"Gordon has led a re-think across every dimension of the design, materials, engineering and manufacturing of a vehicle."