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McLaren F1 designer wants to make everyday cars lighter, stronger

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Marcus De Guzman / Gordon Murray Design | September 12, 2018 10:57

Gordon Murray Design reveals lightweight, rigid chassis of the future, the iStream

The future of chassis design for cars is looking bright, sturdy and lightweight. Gordon Murray, along with his design company that bears his name, recently revealed an all-new iStream chassis that is lighter, more rigid, can be used for a variety of automobile applications.

Built from a lightweight aluminum frame as well as from durable carbon fiber composite panels, the iStream Superlight is set to deliver 'Formula One construction and technologies to mainstream car production'. Beyond that, Gordon Murray Design also claims that this will revolutionize how cars of the future will be built, whether be it a sports car or a fuel-efficient city car.

“The new iStream Superlight approach to vehicle manufacturing is a paradigm-shifting innovation for the global automotive industry. It is a breakthrough that will deliver the lightest chassis technology for decades to come. The Gordon Murray Design team has created a unique, adaptable and cost-effective way for manufacturers around the world to dramatically improve vehicle performance and efficiency,” said Professor Gordon Murray.

McLaren F1 designer wants to make everyday cars lighter, stronger

From its namesake, the iStream Superlight is constructed from high-strength thin aluminum on a tubular platform. Meanwhile, honeycomb-shaped recycled carbon fiber chassis panels replace traditional stamped steel. With it, the iStream Superlight will be significantly more lightweight while also being more rigid and durable as well. Other key advantages offered by the ground-breaking chassis include better corrision resistance, reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH), better wear-and-tear and a simple crash structure.

As mentioned earlier, the new lightweight chassis also benefits from modular construction, allowing it to be used in a wide array of automobiles. In fact, the design company actually plans on making a sports car via a new sub-brand 'Gordon Murray Automotive. It will use the iStream Superlight chassis and will be called the T.43.

McLaren F1 designer wants to make everyday cars lighter, stronger

To have a curb weight of 850 kg, the T.43 will indeed be light and will be powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that puts out 223 PS. With it, the T.43 comes with an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 262.6 PS per ton. Size-wise, the T.43 will measure 3,640mm long, 1750mm wide, 1240mm tall and has a 2500mm wheelbase.

With an emphasis on making every day cars, as well as other transporation vehicles lighter and more durable, Gordon Murray Design's latest chassis design could mean safer driving and better car construction in the near future.