The T.25 Minicar, unveiled Monday, is a new generation of city car designed by a Formula One engineer. Gordon Murray DesignRide in the center like Mario Andretti
A new tiny car designed by a Formula One engineer tops out at 80 mph, but it can ride two to a lane, suggesting a new way to reduce congestion on city streets.
The T.25, designed by Gordon Murray, runs on regular gasoline and will cost about $9,000, CNN-UK reports. Its fuel efficiency is about 74 miles per gallon, partly because it’s a lightweight 1,200 pounds.maker
It has an electric cousin called the T.27, which will reach about 80-100 miles per gallon and cost $18,000.
Like its iconic F1 racer forebears, the T.25 has a central driving position, allowing motorists to feel like they’re in a miniaturized Gran Prix.
Murray’s design team had been secretive about the T.25′s details until Monday, when the car made its first public appearance. It showed up at the Smith School’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford.
It’s smaller than the parallel parking space, Murray’s Web site says., at less than 8 feet long and about 4 feet wide. That narrow size would make it possible for two cars to ride in a UK highway lane, and for three cars to fit in a typical
The car’s manufacturing process is also unique — Murray claims his “iStream” process will revolutionize the . It allows all major components to be fitted directly on to the chassis prior to the body panels, which are pre-painted and recyclable.
The car has a modular interior that allows for six different configurations, which can be easily changed to fit passengers or cargo. Murray’s team is planning T.25 versions of a van, pickup truck, taxi, police car, convertible and even a minivan, according to Green Car Reports.