Gordon Murray, the man who designed the McLaren F1 supercar, has revealed details of his plans to build a revolutionary low-emission city car.
The car, codenamed T25, is half way through its 24-month development cycle. Weight-saving is key to its design, and it will weigh 800-1000kg, 400kg less than the average car its size, while still aiming for at least a four-star Euro NCAP rating.
'It's not just a question of losing a few kilos here and there,' said Murray. 'This is the biggest revolution in the mass-production of cars for 100 years.'
Murray says carbon dioxide emissions will be less than half the UK average and it is expected to score a Euro NCAP rating of at least four stars. The car will also incorporate six different layouts.
Murray set up Gordon Murray Design Ltd a year ago. The company now has 29 staff and is closely affiliated with Caparo, maker of the track-bred T1 supercar.
Other partners involved in the T25 project include Prodrive, which is working on the powertrain and vehicle development, and GEO Technology, which is working on the engine.
The T25 would be priced at the lower end of the market in Britain, with prices starting at around 5500.