McLaren F1 creator Gordon Murray received the royal orderDecember 28, 2018
Legendary racing designer Gordon Murray is now the Commander of the British Empire. The corresponding award for services in the automotive industry, he received at the annual Royal New Year’s awards ceremony.
In the UK, Gordon Murray is considered the real guru of the automotive world, who has created dozens of great Formula 1 racing cars for the Brabham and McLaren teams. Only in October of this year, the company McLaren introduced the heir to the F1 – a hybrid hypercar Speedtail, but Murray no longer has to do with him.
Currently, the 72-year-old British designer is developing his own car company, Gordon Murray Automotive, which plans to build ultra lightweight sports cars with iStream technology bodies. This technology, developed by Murray, involves the use of carbon recycled materials in combination with a metal tubular frame, which gives a radical reduction in body weight compared to those made by traditional methods, while the price remains affordable. Details about iStream technology were told in September, and now we only note that Murray has already run it on several of his own prototypes and on the TVR Griffith coupe of a new generation, which will start production next year. Murray willingly (but not disinterestedly, of course) is ready to share the iStream technology with everyone and I am sure that it is applicable not only for cars, but also for airplanes and trains.
Murray built his first car in 1967, that is, he has been engaged in his favorite work for more than 50 years, which was marked by an honorary royal award. I want to believe that the order of Commander will bring him good luck, and Murray will be able to bring all his ideas to life, and then, you see, he can reach the knighthood.
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