Gordon Murray launches independent carmaker


This year marks several significant anniversaries for Gordon Murray. It's his 50th year in vehicle engineering and design, it's been 25 years since the McLaren F1 entered production, and a decade since his company - and its innovative iStream manufacturing process - launched.


He has, of course, put pen to paper on many noteworthy race and road vehicles during that time. From Senna's title winning MP4/4, to the Global Vehicle Trust's flatpack OX, via the aformentioned F1; the one thing to connect all of his concepts, whatever the segment, remains an attempt to push the boundaries of design.

Today's announcement concerns the foundation of Gordon Murray Automotive, a new company which will take his creations off the drawing board and into limited-run production. The firm's first car is described as a flagship model, launching under a new Gordon Murray brand and set to "buck the current trend for ever more complicated and heavy vehicles."


The designer himself quoted as saying, "With our first new car, we will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon." Something to look forward to then!

Alongside production of that car, the new business will also be able to manufacture vehicles on a low-volume basis for external clients, using an evolution of the iStream system. Further details will be released on Friday November 3rd at the 'One Formula' exhibition, created to celebrate those 50 years of outstanding automotive design. Which just leaves the question: which one has been your favourite?

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  • sidesauce 23 Oct 2017

    Hmm, interesting... Will watch this space with interest.

  • Escapegoat 23 Oct 2017

    > "With our first new car, we will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon."

    Another LCC Rocket?

  • Herringbone 23 Oct 2017

    Wow. This could be interesting.

  • Mudgey 23 Oct 2017

    FFS, can somebody please offer to re-design their logo? I can't be the only one who wouldn't want to buy a car with a mermaid blow-drying her hair stuck to the bonnet...

  • CABC 23 Oct 2017

    Escapegoat said:
    > "With our first new car, we will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon."

    Another LCC Rocket?
    it could be along those lines, maybe at 900kgs and 2 seater.
    build simplicity with iStream and then partner with regional brands to help sell and support it.
    if it were an EV it wouldn't even need conventional dealer support, other outlets such as domestic appliance repair shops could adapt their outlets.

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