Gordon Murray Designed Car Clears Crash Impact TestJanuary 20th, 2011 - 8:26 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri
Jan 20, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Gordon Murray Design is on a high after the T.27 electric city car passed the crash impact test with flying colors conducted at the Motor Industry Research Association. The car was made to withstand the EEC frontal impact test which is compulsory. It requires the car to hit the barrier at a speed of 40mph. The T.27 lived up to the hype and did not show any cabin intrusion as such. The crash test also drove home the pointy that the advanced composite monocoque design of the car, a lift from Formula One series has bolstered the car’s crash impact capacity. The model has been made with Gordon Murray Design’s specialized iStream manufacturing system, which offers better safety and reduced weight.
The running prototypes of the car will hit the roads by the next year. Zytek Automotive and Gordon Murray Design developed the car and the Technology Strategy Board backed by the government spent 4.5m in it. The car will be made to undergo more stressful crash tests shortly. If it passes through the tougher Euro NCAP impact test that will be its acid test. However the T.27 lacks curtain airbags and stability control which is essential for clearing the highest five-star rating.
Gordon Murray said on the car ‘We’d done 160 software simulations during its development, and this matched the predictions.’It does come with standard crumple zones seen in compact cars these days. However, it is smaller than any other vehicle in its class. Frank Coppuck the Engineering Director of Gordon Murray Design hailed this as a ‘milestone in vehicle safety’.
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