We weren't expecting this.
By now, even millennial car enthusiasts know who Gordon Murray is. He is following up his novel T.50 supercar with a lightweight, track-only version named after one of the greatest racing drivers in history. There's also another V12-powered supercar in the works. If you don't get one of those, you may have missed your opportunity to own a Gordon Murray Automotive machine altogether, as there won't be countless special editions like there are at Pagani. If that thought disappoints you, we may be able to cheer you up slightly. The T.50 and T.50s Niki Lauda will not be the only cars GMA produces - Murray is working on a small, all-electric SUV. This should be interesting...
According to reports, Murray is developing "a small SUV project that will showcase his company's newly confirmed electric-vehicle architecture - and fire a shot across the bows of conventional manufacturers on weight, size, and packaging." So if you were worried that Murray had lost the plot by creating a mass-market machine that is almost indistinguishable from its rivals, fear not. This comes after the Gordon Murray Group announced a new investment of £300 million (roughly $423 million), enabling the group to form a new division called Gordon Murray Electronics.
The "city SUV", as Murray is calling it, will be accompanied by a delivery van that will share most of its components. The long-term goal is to attract companies that want to build small fleets or quickly set up an EV business. But it'll be some time before we see anything of either vehicle; a 2023 release is likely.
As for sizing, it will be under 157 inches long (smaller than a Ford Transit Connect) and will be offered with two battery sizes, the smaller of which will offer well over 100 miles of range. The really exciting news is that the entire car is expected to weigh just one ton, thanks to iStream composite architecture, so it should be fun despite its humble ambitions.
"It's going to look good but it'll be driven by usual packaging and aerodynamics as well," says Murray. "We actually looked at a city SUV for a customer some years ago. I did the concept for that so I've got a very good package in mind, which I'd like to apply. It's a different package from anything else out there at the moment." We can't wait to learn more about these EVs, and we'll bring it straight to you. Hyundai Kona Electric, you've got competition.