Gordon Murray

The man behind the McLaren F1 is launching a new supercar

Gordon Murray

Legendary car designer and engineer Gordon Murray has revealed plans for a new lightweight supercar created by his niche car firm, Gordon Murray Automotive – which will be sold under a new car brand, IGM.

Details of the new IGM supercar (it stands for Ian Gordon Murray – the designer’s full name) are sketchy – but a teaser sketch has been revealed at an invite-only exhibition held at Dunsfold Park in Surrey.

Gordon Murray

Murray says his new car is “inspired by the engineering principles of the McLaren F1”, focussing on combining light weight with driving pleasure. It will be a two-seat vehicle, much smaller than most modern-day supercars, using the latest iteration of Murray’s innovative iStream chassis technology.

Dubbed ‘iStream superlight’, this uses high-strength aluminium sections in place of the steel used in previous versions. The result is a structure that can weight nearly 50 percent less than stamped metal, while also being rigid and durable.

A sister to Gordon Murray Design, the South African car designer previously said Gordon Murray Automotive “will demonstrate a return to the design and engineering principles that have made the McLaren F1 such an icon.”

Almost every race and road car from Murray’s 50-year career has gathered at Dunsfold for the One Formula exhibition, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Gordon Murray Design and the iStream manufacturing process. It also marks 25 years since the McLaren F1 road car entered production.

Video: One Formula exhibition

A number of vehicles from Murray’s private car collection are also on display for the first time. ‘Gordon’s Garage’ includes two Lotus Elans, a Honda S800, Abarth 750 Zagato and a De Tomaso Vallelunga.

The exhibition is hosted at Gordon Murray’s newest premises, a 1,500m2 building where the new supercar will be built in small numbers.

In pictures: Gordon Murray One Formula exhibition

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