The creator of McLaren F1 came up with how to make cars two times lighterSeptember 12, 2018
Company Gordon Murray Design presented evolutionary development of technology iStream
The company Gordon Murray Design (GMD), founded by McLaren F1 supercar creator Gordon Murray, presented the evolutionary development of iStream technology called Superlight. The body created with its help is twice as light as the steel analog, and its design is stronger, safer and more reliable.
The basis of the platform iStream Superlight is a high-strength aluminum frame with panels from the recycled carbon composite. Thanks to the modular design, the platform can be adapted to build a car of any class – from a compact citycar to a light commercial van. The reduction in weight was achieved through the use of thin-walled pipes and panels with an internal structure of honeycombs.
In addition to the new platform, GMD introduced seats created with iStream technology, which are 30 percent lighter than conventional ones, and announced the first car built on the basis of the platform Superlight. She became a sports car T.43, equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine with a capacity of 223 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. The car weighs 850 kilograms, the specific power is 262 per ton (like the 441-hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H).
Technology iStream, more precisely, its version called Carbon, also used in the construction of supercar TVR Griffith. The carcass of the machine, which was based on the carbon-fiber central tunnel, was made from a combination of carbon, steel and aluminum.