Gordon Murray Design is celebrating a crashing victory after its T.27 electric city car impressed in recent testing. The T.27 was subjected to the mandatory EEC frontal impact test, which means driving into a deformable offset barrier at 40mph.
The test was carried out at MIRA, and the T.27 passed with flying colours, showing zero cabin intrusion and behaving almost exactly as predicted in computer simulations. The test also proved that the car’s Formula One-inspired composite monocoque is a huge boost to the car’s ability to withstand a heavy impact.
The T.27 is built using Gordon Murray Design’s iStream manufacturing system, which delivers reduced weight and cost with increased levels of safety.
The development of the T.27, by Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive, has been made possible through a £4.5m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board. With a total cost of £9m, the consortium will develop running prototypes of the vehicle by Spring 2011.