Gordon Murray Design Announces Toray Industries As Techinal Partner
Gordon Murray Design has today agreed to enter into a technical partnership with TORAY Industries which stems from the launch of the TEEWAVE AR.1 at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. The aim is to work together on several key areas, covering; further development of Gordon Murray Design’s iStreamÂ® manufacturing system, joint research and development of materials and processes and exploring further opportunities for TORAY’s materials in the automotive sector.
TORAY Industries recently commissioned Gordon Murray Design to design, tool and build a fully functioning, running prototype 2-seater electric sports car, subsequently named the TEEWAVE AR.1. The vehicle is representative of TORAY’s fundamental approach concerning sustainability and high efficiency and utilises a whole range of TORAY’s automotive products in its construction, including TORAY advanced eco-materials and carbon reinforced plastic technology.Â TEEWAVE achieves ultimate performance characteristics due to a low weight of just 846kg (including the Lithium-ion battery), carbon fibre composite panels and advanced crash structures.
For both Gordon Murray Design and TORAY, the Technical Partnership presents an opportunity to combine their core capabilities to achieve technological advancements in; the use of carbon fibre and other key materials in volume production, the further development of structural thermoplastics, advanced crash structures and automotive safety. In so doing significant benefits can be made available in the areas of light-weighting, efficiency, cost, safety and sustainability.
Professor Gordon Murray, CEO & Technical Director of Gordon Murray Design said:
"Working with TORAY on the TEEWAVE programme was a great platform to launch a technical partnership from.Â We look forward to working together with TORAY on many more ground-breaking technology programmes”.
A TORAY spokesperson said
“One of our targets for the future within the framework of this Technical Partnership is to pursue the concept of a hybrid chassis structure, having light-weight, advanced safety and high cost-efficiency characteristics, not only through the use of theÂ iStreamÂ® architecture but also through other forms of hybrid structures.”
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- Gordon Murray Design Limited is a British company operating from Shalford in Surrey. The Company aims to be the world leader in automotive design and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development. The Company is compact and focused and undertakes automotive and other engineering programmes in an efficient and innovative way. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com
- About Toray Industries Inc. For more information please visit www.toray.com
- The iStreamÂ® assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process and could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T. Development of the process began over 15 years ago and it has already won the prestigious â€˜Idea of the Yearâ€™ award from Autocar who were given privileged access in order to make their assessment. The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants. The iStreamÂ® design process is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and will lead to a significant reduction in full lifecycle CO2. For more information visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com