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Design Legends Murray and Goto Team Up With Exciting New Road Car Concept

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Design Legends Murray and Goto Team Up With Exciting New Road Car Concept
Apr 15, 2015, 11:37 AM

F1 design legend Gordon Murray has teamed up with former Honda F1 engine guru Osamu Goto and Shell on a new super efficient city car.

F1 design legend Gordon Murray has teamed up with former Honda F1 engine guru Osamu Goto and Shell on a new super efficient city car.

The new ultra compact machine is described as a "ground-up rethink" of Murray's 2010 97 miles per gallon T25 concept city car, a machine intended to stimulate auto design into the future using an internal combustion engine.

Anticipating that by 2050 up to three quarters of the estimated 9 billion world population will be living in cities, Shell initiated the new 'Project M' putting Murray together with Goto to recreate a partnership that produced one of F1's iconic designs.

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Murray last worked with Goto on the all conquering 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4-4 with which Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won 15 of the year's 16 races.

The Shell concept is intended to be a simple, practical global city car; drawing together the most innovative aspects of light-weight engineering, streamlining, and driveline efficiency to function well  in cities where mass-motoring is a relatively new thing or already more than a century-old. Once built, the car will be tested on-the-road and is due to be formally presented to the public in November .

"I think it's time we had a step change," says Murray. "This programme's really exciting for both teams. I think the Shell car's really important because we can look into the future a bit and see where we should be going, not just in materials but in design philosophy and other technologies and take a holistic look at where the future car's going."

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Former Brabham and McLaren multi-world championship winning designer Murray left McLaren in 2004 and set up Gordon Murray Design in 2007. Goto, former Director of Honda F1 and R&D Manager at Ferrari F1, founded Geo Technology – an engineering consultancy company working for the automobile and motorcycle industry.
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