Gordon Murray Design 1st Anniversary And An Automotive Revolution
On the 4th July 2008 Gordon Murray Design Limited celebrates itβs 1st year of operation.
With 12 months of the 24 month programme completed on the T.25 city car, the work completed on the new manufacturing process is promising to revolutionise the future of automotive production and the impact that personal transportation has on the environment.
The Company is now up to full strength with a headcount of 29 people β collectively they have over 440 years working in the automotive industry and in excess of 1850 man years of co-working experience.
The fit out of the prototyping workshop is now complete which includes full size CNC machining capability and state of the art structural rapid prototyping equipment.
In House Capabilities
The design office layout reflects our new design process philosophy and integrates the latest technology and software, CAD stations and full size drawing boards.
The graphics section assists design from a very early stage by producing concept sketches, 3D models and photo-realistic renderings aiding digital sign-off alongside physical prototypes.
The workshop is fully equipped for prototype build and development and once again integrates traditional skills and processes with fully mechanised machining facilities. For example, a large 5-Axis computer controlled gantry CNC machine can cut a full size vehicle shape in just 3 days.
In addition, the Company is also capable of assisting manufacturing and technical partners with event management, marketing and PR as well as a whole range of other support services.
Disciplines Covered By The Company
β CEO & Technical Director
Gordon Murray Design has two strategic investment partners β US based MDV β Mohr Davidow Ventures and the UK based Caparo Group.
About Caparo Group
Caparo is a fast growing, global manufacturing and investment group with a turnover approaching $1.2bn. Caparoβs operations are located at over 50 sites in the UK, North America, India and Spain. Caparoβs recent growth under CEO Angad Paul has been rapid. In 2006 alone, Caparo acquired 22 UK companies, initiated the development of a number of major new businesses in India, made significant additions to its US activities and initiated trading operations in Dubai and China. With traditional business interests predominantly in the manufacture of steel and engineering products, Caparo has recently developed the Caparo Vehicle Products division, CVP. CVP is a group of tier 1 component design, engineering and manufacturing companies providing advanced solutions for the automotive, aerospace, military and motor sports markets, with global manufacturing locations to service both high volume passenger vehicles along with specialist niche applications. For more information, please visit www.caparo.com
About MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures
MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures is a leading Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs building start-up companies capable of re-segmenting large existing markets or building altogether new ones. The firm invests in the areas of Cleantech, Internet technologies, and Life Sciences. Since its inception in 1983 the firm has built a reputation among entrepreneurs as a partner by taking a hands-on approach to investments and working skilfully to architect and build successful companies. MDV has $1.4 billion under management. For more information, please visit www.mdv.com.
Associated Companies And Techincal Partners
MDV - Mohr Davidow Ventures β Investment Partner
Caparo Plc β Investment Partner, Manufacturing and Manufacturing Process
Caparo Vehicle Technologies β Design and Prototyping of Composite Components
Caparo Vehicle Products β Design and Development of Components Materials and Process
GEO Technology S.A β Engine Development
Prodrive β Powertrain and Vehicle Development
Hewlett Packard β Supply of IT Equipment
Facom β Supply of High Quality Tools and Cabinets.
Bott Ltd β Supply of Tool and Parts Storage Systems
Autodesk β Providers of Alias Studio (Computer Aided Industrial Design) Software Products
Intrinsys β Provider of PLM solutions, Catia and SmarTeam Sales, Software Sales and Support
MoTec β Manufacturer of advanced engine management and data acquisition systems
NovaTech β Loadcell Design and Manufacture
Laser Lines Ltd / Stratasys β Supply & support of Rapid Prototyping equipment.
MIRA - Passive Safety support & development
FIA Foundation β Support for Programme
RAC Foundation β Support for Programme
Project 1 β T.25 City Car
The T.25 programme is at mid-point with 12 months work completed in the 24 month programme. Work carried out to date is meeting schedule and budget targets and the progress on design is showing that the weight and cost targets are also on track.
The most exciting aspect of this milestone in the programme is that βreal worldβ quotations for the new manufacturing process have shown that all the ambitious targets for a massive reduction in manufacturing, running and lifecycle CO2 damage reductions will be met or bettered.
Component design is almost complete with the first prototype build scheduled to begin in early 2009.
The T.25 programme is not just about innovative vehicle packaging and lightweight design, it also offers solutions to reduce congestion and parking problems whilst addressing the problem of full lifecycle CO2 damage.
The manufacturing process is a complete re-think on the way we build cars and will revolutionise automobile production.
The T.25 is designed to protect our mobility, personal freedom and driving βfunβ whilst greatly reducing the environmental damage from vehicle manufacturing and running.
In short, the T.25 architecture, packaging and manufacturing process promises to be the biggest revolution in the mass production of cars in the last 100 years.
Interest in the T.25 programme has been world-wide and Gordon Murray Design is currently in discussion with several prestigious companies and groups regarding both the sale of the T.25 programme for volume production and other versions of vehicles using the same manufacturing process.
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For media enquiries contact:
Tiffany Hutt, Gordon Murray Design Limited