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Gordon Murray working on two electric SUVs - report

Gordon Murray Design has two electric SUVs in the works, one of which will reportedly be sold by another automaker.

Jack Quick
Jack Quick
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While Gordon Murray Automotive is busy rolling out V12-powered supercars, the Gordon Murray Design division is working on a pair of more mainstream electric SUVs.

As reported by Autocar, Gordon Murray said the electric SUVs will “change the way we think about range anxiety and vehicle dynamics”.

This means the upcoming electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to follow the same weight-saving, packaging and aerodynamic principles as the current Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) supercars, but in a more mass-market package.

Although the details are still foggy, Mr Murray explained that one of the electric SUVs will be front-wheel drive and have four seats, whereas the other will be all-wheel drive and have five seats.

Both of these SUVs will reportedly use a new EV architecture currently under development by Gordon Murray Design (GMD) and be “priced with accessibility in mind”.

Both GMA and GMD are divisions of the Gordon Murray Group.

The two SUVs will reportedly be manufactured by GMA at its production plant in Windlesham in the UK, however one will be sold by GMA and the other will reportedly be sold by an as-yet unspecified automaker.

This new EV platform was previously hinted at in May 2021 during the announcement of a five-year expansion plan and a £300 million ($A522.6 million) investment.

At the time it was described as a “revolutionary, lightweight, ultra-efficient electric vehicle architecture for future urban passenger vehicles and delivery vans”.

Gordon Murray has been showing off the flexibility and potential of its patented iStream platform technology for a while now. It’s previously implemented it in a quadricycle concept and a lightweight truck for developing markets.

According to GMD, this patented manufacturing process is said to reduce the overall weight of a typical family car by 20 per cent and reduce the number of components needed to make up the body panels by over 50 per cent.

GMAs current vehicle lineup includes the McLaren F1-inspired T.50 supercar, track-focused T.50S, and more everyday T.33 supercar.

All of these vehicles are limited production and every example has been allocated.

The latest vehicle to be revealed, the T.33, sold out roughly a week after its global reveal. This is despite its £1.37 million ($A2.39 million) starting price and the fact that GMA hasn’t started production yet.

The entire Gordon Murray Group is set to have its new global headquarters in Windlesham, UK completed in 2024.

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Jack Quick
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Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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