One of the great innovators in Formula 1, Gordon Murray, just announced manufacturing licenses for T.25 City Car and the iStream manufacturing process.
The T-25 is smaller than a Mini Cooper and will come in four styles. Development of the process began more than 15 years ago, and has already won the prestigious 2008 "Idea of the Year" award from Autocar, the world's oldest car magazine.
According to Gordon Murray Design, the manufacturing licenses will dramatically change not only the cars people drive and the way those cars are made, but also how the cars are made.
The simplified assembly process of the car means that a manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20 percent of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce the cost of an assembly plant by about 80 percent. Yet, the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants.
Built around the mantra of "Think Light," the iStream design process is also a complete rethink on high volume materials. Like the manufacturing process, it will lead to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over the life cycle of the vehicles produced using it, compared with conventional ones.
While the T.25 is only officially on sale this month, the company has already been approached by 15 potential clients based in 12 different countries, according to the news release.