An evening with legendary McLaren Formula One engineer-designer Gordon Murray, guest speaker at the upcoming Sports Dinner in aid of The Victoria Foundation on Thursday 8th March in Richmond, Surrey.
Reminiscing about his time spent in Formula One racing, Gordon will talk about his time spent at Brabham Formula One winning two world championships (1981 and 1983), his move to McLaren International in 1988 where the team won three consecutive championships (1988, 1989 and 1990) and his move away from Formula One in 1990 after 50 Grand Prix wins, to McLaren Cars Limited and the creation of the F1 Road Car - still regarded as the world’s best engineered car today - a racing version went on to win two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race on its first attempt in 1995.
Following his extraordinary career in motor racing, Gordon will share his passion for light weighting, and the moment that Gordon Murray Design opened for business in 2005 having developed an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream®. The invention of iStream® and its fundamental re-think on the way cars are designed, developed and manufactured is revolutionary and the company has since established a global reputation as one of the finest automotive design teams in the world.
“Having recently marked my 50 years of vehicle engineering and design with a landmark exhibition ‘One Formula’, I look forward to re-living a number of memoirs, and what better way to do so whilst raising money for such a well deserving cause” – says Professor Gordon Murray.
A limited number of tickets remain available for the sports dinner being held at the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in Richmond, Surrey on March 8th at 18.30, priced at £75 per person, to include a drinks reception and dinner. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jumblebee.co.uk/TVFSportsDinner2018 or by calling 020 8332 1788 up until 15.00 on Monday 5th March.
Lorna Votier, Development Director of The Victoria Foundation, said “Gordon is a living legend with many fascinating and insightful stories to tell after so many years of working at the highest level. He’s looking forward to coming to the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club and it promises to be another very enjoyable evening”.
1.Professor Gordon Murray moved to the UK in 1969 and joined the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director winning two world championships (1981 & 1983) during his 17 years with the team. Gordon joined McLaren Racing as Technical Director in 1988 and three consecutive championship wins (1988, 1989 & 1990) followed. 1990 saw a move away from Formula One, after 50 Grand Prix wins, to enable him to concentrate his efforts on establishing a new company for the Group – McLaren Cars Limited. The Company’s first project, the F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best engineered car. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race on its first attempt in 1995. McLaren Cars then completed several other successful projects culminating with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren programme. Gordon left the McLaren Group in 2005 to set up his new company. In July 2007, Gordon Murray Design was established to develop an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream® along with the T.25, a radical city car, central to both the development and validation of iStream®. Further information about the One Formula exhibition can be found at www.oneformulagordonmurray.com.
2.Gordon Murray Design Limited is a British company operating from Shalford, Surrey. The Company is recognised as a world leader in automotive design and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development. The Company is compact and focused and undertakes automotive and other engineering programmes in an efficient and innovative way. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com.
3.The iStream® assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process and could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T. Development. The process began over 15 years ago and it has already won the prestigious ‘Idea of the Year’ award from Autocar who were given privileged access in order to make their assessment. The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants. The iStream® design process is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and will lead to a significant reduction in full lifecycle CO2. For more information please visit www.iStream.technology.
4.For further information about the The Victoria Foundation please visit www.thevictoriafoundation.org.uk.