Gordon Murray’s plans to build a brand-new car

| 3 Nov 2017

Automotive designer and creator of the legendary McLaren F1 Gordon Murray has announced plans to build an all-new car based on his iStream manufacturing process.

The new car will be Gordon Murray Automotive’s first model. Inspired by the McLaren F1, it is expected to focus on light weight and driving pleasure, as well as featuring advanced aerodynamics. The vehicle’s structure will showcase Murray’s ‘iStream Superlight’ construction system, which employs high strength aluminium sections in place of steel and is said to be nearly half the weight of stamped metal.

The re-launch of the IGM brand marked 50 years of car design for Murray, and included a new logo, a re-design of the badge applied to Murray’s very first car – the ‘T.1’ IGM Ford Special – which he campaigned in South Africa in 1967 and 1968.

Murray revealed the plans during the launch of a special exhibition at Dunsfold Park that gathered almost every road and race car from the designer’s 50-year career, in addition to a number of cars from his personal collection. Among the models from ‘Gordon’s Garage’ were two Lotus Elans, a Honda S800, Abarth 750 Zagato and a rare De Tomaso Vallelunga. In total, 40 vehicles were put on show.

Other milestone vehicles on display included the famous Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’, and the 1981 World Driver’s Championship-winning BT49C of Nelson Piquet. Aytron Senna’s 1988 Championship-winning McLaren MP4/4 also plays a starring role in the exhibition, alongside no fewer than four McLaren F1s.