However, old habits die hard. Despite all the talk about revolutionizing city mobility, his true calling is in sports cars. Now, if Murray could create an eco-friendly sports model, he would combine his two different interests into one all-encompassing project.
The chance came along when carbonfiber specialist Toray Industries Inc. commissioned Gordon Murray Design [GMD] to build an all-new all-electric roadster. The result is the open-top, two-seater Teewave AR.1, or as Murray calls it, the T.32.
The Teewave AR.1 uses a carbonfiber monocoque chassis developed by Toray and is powered by the Mitsubishi iMiEV's electric powertrain. While the electric motor develops only 65-horses, the AR.1’s weight does not exceed 850 kg (1,874 lbs) including the 240 kg (529 lbs) battery.
Still, 65HP is, well, 65HP so GMD's performance figures aren't exactly worthy of a car that wants to belong to the sports segment: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 146 km/h (91 mph).
Nevertheless, Murray claims that the T.32 “proves that performance through light weight is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to achieve power-to-weight targets.”
GMD says that development of the car from concept discussions to running vehicle took just nine months.