31.05.12 - May Update
2012 is proving to be yet another exciting and prosperous year here at Gordon Murray Design.
Weâ€™re currently working on 5 individual vehicle programmes and are in discussion with 6 other potential future iStream® customers.
The varieties of vehicle types involved in these programmes are fascinating and very exciting for the team to be working on. Each programme varies from well designed and engineered compact city cars to a monstrous 3.5 ton truck! The overall feeling within the company is that this will be the year during which we should be able to announce a production programme for an iStream® licence.
We recently had the very first press drives of the T.25 and T.27. James May, reporting for Top Gear Magazine, drove both cars through the Guildford traffic whilst Steve Cropley, writing for Autocar, braved the midday London traffic in the Kensington area. Everyone involved seemed to admire the little cars and I must admit they certainly looked at home buzzing around the busy streets of our Capital city. The really good news is that we are currently engaged in talks with a prospective customer that could see both the T.25 and T.27 being manufactured.
2012 seems to be the year of the 'anniversary'. The entire team here at Gordon Murray Design look forward to celebrating our 5th anniversary on 4th July and intend to celebrate in style â€“ Weâ€™ve planned a boat trip! We shall set sail from the Wharf, just outside our building and cruise to a local restaurant in Godalming for a bite to eat before heading back at sunset. It's incredible to think that weâ€™ve now been working together since July 2007!
The weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix 2012 saw the official 20th anniversary of the McLaren F.1 road car - The F.1 was officially launched at the sporting club during the Monaco Grand Prix in 1992. I was invited to attend a celebration in Italy along with 20 other F.1 owners the weekend just gone in order to celebrate the anniversary.
This year also celebrates another extraordinary anniversary - The 40th year since the 3 litre prototype sports car I designed for Le-Mans back in 1972. The car's owner and driver, Alain de Cadenet and Chris Craft (the second driver) will be making a pilgrimage to Le Mans to watch the car race once again in July.
Mark Stewart Productions have recently finished producing a documentary, â€˜The Gordon Murray F1 Storyâ€™, starting at the beginning of my career in 1969, also including the Brabham days, the McLaren era, through to the creation of Gordon Murray Design in 2007. The documentary premiered at BAFTA in London in April this year and is due to be broadcast on the BBC4 this Summer. As soon as we have confirmation of a date, details of which will be uploaded to our website so keep your eyes peeled!
Watch this space for some very exciting announcements at Gordon Murray Design throughout the second half of 2012!