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Gordon Murray Design has entered 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.
Gordon Murray say the aim is to work together on several key areas, covering; further development of Gordon Murray Design’s iStream manufacturing system, joint research and development of materials and processes and exploring further opportunities for Toray’s materials in the automotive sector.
According to Gordon Murray Design, they were recently commissioned by Toray Industries 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. They say 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.
Gordon Murray Design says that for both themselves 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 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. 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 the iStream architecture but also through other forms of hybrid structures.”
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