The McLaren F1 has made history for him, and now he presents us self-driving, Motiv one-seat autonomous electric vehicle. Gordon Murray is definitely one of the most talented automotive designers of all time. His latest project was created to meet the needs of individual transportation of people in cities.
McLaren’s F1 father, always knew how to make something new, never neglecting the technological side. Whether it is a supersport car or a city car, this man will offer a whole new look and therefore new solutions.
Following the announcement of the ultimate supersport car, including the successor to the McLaren F1, comes Motiv, an autonomous city vehicle developed in collaboration with Delta Motorsport and it Moves. It is based on the iStream Superlight technology, introduced by Murray several years ago, which brings the application of aluminum and composites to vehicle construction.
Not to be confused, Murray had the concept of the same name in 2013 and developed it with Yamaha, and this one is a kind of successor. Although one-seater, the Motive an autonomous electric vehicle should solve the problem of urban congestion and pollution.
It is extremely small, with a length of only 2.537 mm, width is 1.310 mm and height is 1.628 mm. The drive is electric and delivers 20 kW/27 hp, with batteries with a capacity of 17.3 kWh. Anyone who knows Murray knows that she is never scattered with excess mass, power or luxury. This is a city vehicle weighing only 450 kg, without battery, and performance is average. It reaches up to 65 km/h and achieves them in about 7 seconds from idle, with 100 km autonomy. It takes 40 minutes to charge from 20 to 80% capacity. Not impressive, but enough for city conditions.
The assumption is the widespread use of this vehicle, and the authors envisage a number of variants, from freight to disabled. The car will premiere in London these days and mass production could start in at least two years, the company estimates.