By on August 16, 2013


Pioneering designer Gordon Murray, the man who gave the world the McLaren F1, announced on his blog that his T.25 and T.27 urban concept cars have been sold by Gordon Murray Design to an as yet unnamed manufacturer, to go into production and on sale in 2016. “The T.25 and T.27 concept has now been sold to a customer and with a following wind a lot more drivers should be able to enjoy the centre drive experience in 2016!,” Murray said. The tiny T. cars use a 1+2 configuration, with space for the driver and two passengers. The driver sits centrally with the two passengers flanking the driver in the back. The T.25 will be powered by a modified 660cc 51 HP 3 cylinder sourced from Daimler’s smart division. The T.27 is the same car, only battery electric. The very small cars were designed to be built with Murray’s unique iStream manufacturing process.


The T.25 will weigh only 1,265  lbs (575 kg), almost 400 lbs lighter than a smart Fortwo. It’s 94.5″ long, 51.2″ wide and 55.1″ tall. The turning circle is a very tight 20 feet. It is designed to meet crash standards and Murray says that the tube and composite chassis is “exceptionally strong”. It has scissor doors to allow parking in tight spaces. It’s short enough to park in curbside spaces parked nose to the curb.


Murray also said the he has contracts signed to use iStream on four other projects. “The next challenge in the iStream story is to develop one or more of our current programmes into a mass-produced vehicle so that as many folks as possible can enjoy the benefits of low cost, low weight and very high levels of safety that iStream provides – truly Formula One technology for the everyday motorist,” he said.


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24 Comments on “Gordon Murray’s T.25 and T.27 City Cars To Go Into Production...”

  • avatar

    I don’t understand the fascination with city cars, and apparently the market doesn’t get it either.

    Look at the Smart Fortwo vs. the Fiat 500. I can see myself getting a Fiat. It’s small, efficient, and easy to maneuver around but still big enough to actually rely on and use as a everyday car, and it’s not really that much bigger than the Smart.

    And even then, I’d only get the Fiat for the cheapness, efficient, and fun to drive factor. I go down into the city a lot, and prefer my old large car surrounded by big metal bumpers. The new plastic stuff just gets destroyed in those environments, and at 17ft long I can still parallel park it just fine, and for the idiots who can’t, well, once again, big chrome bumpers.

    • 0 avatar

      Are you American or European?

      The City Car ideal is really more about European and large Asian cities. Anywhere else, they just seem like a silly compromise compared to cars like your example, the 500. Outside of those cities, something like a Corolla or Golf can do all the work for a few extra square feet of footprint.

      I always like to say “if space was really a problem here, NYC cops and cabbies wouldn’t have used the Panther for so long”

      • 0 avatar

        A parked cabbie is an unemployed cabbie. A parked cop ain’t gonna get a ticket. Anybody else with a panther needs cop-like connections or their own driver.

        I remember being told to get a reciept for parking while working as a contractor in Oklahoma City. I laughed (having just worked in Chicago where I most definitely expensed my parking) and they told me about the time they had contractors from NYC who sent the reciepts in not to accounting but to their fellow contractors to brag.

        Their was an article in the NYTimes about an attached garage being worth $1M dollars to a house. At that point you would serious consider 2-4 smart (you could easily cram 4 of these in) vs. one luxury car (which could eaily be stored in Jersey).

        • 0 avatar

          NYC streets and esp. the avenues really are a little bit wider and less jammed than the older parts of most European and Japanese cities. A Smart car in old town Nice, OK. In Manhattan I would be afraid of being run over and flattened out on the avenues or expressways.

          Manhattan Panther cabs mostly work the wide avenues. They only venture into the narrower street grids when they absolutely must to drop off an insistent passenger or to change direction.

  • avatar

    At last!

    The only question now is… how much?

    If the price is right, it will sell. But if it’s too close to a “real” car, then it’s anyone’s guess. Maybe Murray’s name will attract some big name customers… make it sort of a “cool” toy for the rich or almost-rich… but then, the Mercedes connection didn’t keep SMART afloat.

    If Murray’s iStream makes the T-cars cheaper to build than the SMART, though, then they could possibly survive/thrive much longer.

  • avatar

    The Disney cuteness schtick of always having a baby critter running to catch up.

    This looks like it got separated from a herd of London taxis.

  • avatar

    Just what the world needs. Another cheap POS that needs to be serviced at a Mercedes dealership. They should put a Briggs and Stratton motor in it and call it a day.

  • avatar

    I’d never put somebody I didn’t hate in those back seats. They make a puddle-jumper seat look mega-spacious by comparison.

    I’d just leave the seats out entirely and let people use it as an urban runabout/small-delivery vehicle.

  • avatar

    That huge scissor door is going to be great in the rain, I hope they remember to put a drain hole in the floor somewhere.

    The sketch of the six seater somehow reminds me of the article on slaves ships I was reading on wikipedia yesterday (

  • avatar

    This will surprise people, as well as look promising to all those who are involved in developing city car concepts. I guess that the i-Stream manufacturing concept holds more promise than the city car itself. Congrats to Murray.

  • avatar
    slow kills

    Like the Scion iQ, the transmission will make or break this for me.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    That’s really neat, but I’ll never drive one here in Oklahoma…at least not while every third person has a Suburban or a lifted F-250…

    • 0 avatar

      You don’t ride motorcycles either, do you? Has every man in the US been turned into a pussy? You can’t drive a small car because you might be killed? As someone who has spent many years on the road at the wheel of a big truck, I have seen everything from small cars to big pickups flattened by bigger trucks. There is no way to win the size war. The answer is to pay attention to your surroundings and not get into a wreck. I know that there are some circumstances where you can’t avoid it, but no matter what you are driving, if a semi runs you over, life ends. The article on fuel mileage is the same thing. Who cares what the exact fuel mileage is? Buy a car that you enjoy driving and get on with it. I always liked small cars. From a Mini in the sixties to Hondas after 2000. To stroke the need for speed, I always preferred motorcycles. In over fifty years of driving, I had two wrecks, one on the bike and one in a car. One my fault and one not.

      The big question is, what are you people afraid of? All cars are so much safer than they used to be. With miles driven each year going up, traffic fatalities are falling. Driving has never been safer, but people are still afraid. Grow some balls and get out and enjoy life. It goes by very fast, don’t get old and say, “I wish I had…”.

  • avatar

    So it’s from Daimler’s intelligent division, or Smart (proper noun) division?

  • avatar

    Looks like it comes with steelies and weighs less than a Smart…

  • avatar

    You could do worse. Here is a vehicle, only slightly smaller, that can only carry one person:

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