Gordon Murray Automotive has opened its new Dunsfold Park facility, and announced plans for a new lightweight sports car
Legendary car designer Gordon Murray, perhaps most famously responsible for the iconic McLaren F1
, has revealed plans to produce an all-new lightweight sports car.
The new project marks the first model made by Gordon Murray Automotive under the IGM brand – created by Murray in , and claims to feature some of the most advanced aerodynamics ever seen on a road car. Its ethos is one of light weight and driving pleasure.
A mysterious teaser image shows the side-profile of the new sports car, which will apparently see a return to the principles used when developing the F1, although ‘built for contemporary driving conditions’.
Built on the ‘superlight’ version of Gordon Murray Design’s revolutionary iStream architecture – a high-strength aluminium and carbon fibre monocoque incorporating Formula 1 technology – the car will apparently set a new standard for efficiency in production of body-in-white manufacturing.
IGM will build the car at a new research and development site at Dunsfold Park, which also played host to the recent ‘One Formula’ exhibition, showcasing 40 milestone vehicles from Gordon Murray’s career. Several cars from his private collection have also been on display, including an Abarth 750 Zagato and a De Tomaso Vallelunga.
The new facility houses fully automated robots which will make iPanels and iFrames for the new road car.
Words: Robert James