By on April 9, 2015

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Royal Dutch Shell and Gordon Murray will partner on a new city car project, based heavily on Murray’s T25 city car project. The vehicle, dubbed Project M, is described as a “simple, practical global city car”.

While Shell will provide expertise in engine lubricants for the project, the oil major is now the T25 project’s most high profile backer. Under the parameters of Project M, the vehicle will retain the T25’s three-seater layout, the iStream production process and an internal combustion engine. The powertrain will be designed by ex-Honda F1 engineer Osamu Goto. Murray himself was a former McLaren engineer and the father of the McLaren F1, widely considered to be the greatest road car of all-time.

AutoExpress reports that the ultimate aim will be to sell a similar concept in emerging markets, where rampant traffic congestion and an increased demand for cars could present a major infrastructure issue for developing economies. Just months ago, the T25 concepts was rumored to be licensed to Yamaha for an all-new city car that would be built with iStream’s manufacturing principles.

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