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F1 Designer Debuts Ultra-Efficient One-Seater

You probably know the McLaren F1 as the fastest naturally-aspirated (read: no turbo) production car. Gordon Murray, one of the original designers of the F1, recently unveiled the T.25 Minicar. The Minicar's top-speed is only one-third of the F1's (240 mph), but enjoys a mileage of around 74 miles to the gallon.

Most of us shun carpooling and drive to work alone. Murray designed the T.25 with efficiency and congestion reduction in mind, by creating a vehicle with just enough room—by default—to transport one person. The T.25 is only 4 feet wide and 8 feet long, and weighs a relatively light 1,200 pounds. According to Murray's website, two of these cars fit into a standard UK highway lane side-by-side, while three of them can cram into one parallel parking slot.

The standard T.25 features only enough seating for the driver. However, as the interior is modular, space can be created for cargo and additional passengers. The center driver-seat configuration is similar to the F1's (McLaren's super car has seating for two behind the driver). The entire front cabin opens up like a fighter jet canopy, which make exiting the vehicle under rain a very wet affair.

So far, Murray's design team has kept detailed info on the T.25 to themselves—at least until next Monday. But we do know the T.25 will cost $9000 when it debuts. The car has an electric engine counterpart, the T.27, which promises an even better mileage of 80 to 100 miles to the gallon.

T.25 - The Facts

  • Jerky_san
    Wonder if they will sell in the US? Might actually look at one of these since I probably am alone in my car 90% of the time..
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  • joebob2000
    Could that thing possibly be safe at 80mph? What happens if you lose a tire or get side swiped by a dunderhead in a SUV? I would love for small cars to be the norm but it's just such a fantasy right now with the "bigger is better" attitude the world has.
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  • squiggs77
    It actually looks like it would be a fun little go-cart. I could see modding these and having T.25 races.
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  • kenwheeler77
    Nice rims :) Are those windows big enough for a Happy Meal at the drive-thru?
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  • Onus
    How crash-worthy is it? Is it prone to tipping? Can it handle wind? It probably makes more sense than a motorcycle, but only if it is reasonably safe.
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  • icepick314
    don't look like it has enough buffer in case of a crash...
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  • maestintaolius
    joebob2000Could that thing possibly be safe at 80mph? What happens if you lose a tire or get side swiped by a dunderhead in a SUV?Likely the same thing that happens to you if you're on a motorcycle. That said, I have no real concerns riding a motorcycle on an interstate at 80, you just have to be more attentive than the other guy and be mindful of driver's blind spots.
    I would love for small cars to be the norm but it's just such a fantasy right now with the "bigger is better" attitude the world has.That'll likely change when gas is 5 or 6+ $ a gallon.
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  • falchard
    2 problems I find. The company does not want to release 0~60 times. Its also made by the British, and lets face it the British are not adept at some methods of building.
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  • proxy711
    Its Ultra-Efficient at killing the driver even at low speed crashes.
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  • flaminggerbil
    falchard2 problems I find. The company does not want to release 0~60 times. Its also made by the British, and lets face it the British are not adept at some methods of building.I find that someonewhat ironic coming from an American.
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