Who's Where: Gordon Murray, Advanced Concepts Director, Caparo Vehicle ProductsFri, 11 Aug 2006
Gordon Murray yesterday became Advanced Concepts Director of Caparo Vehicle Products. Murray is best known as one of the founding partners of McLaren Cars which under his technical direction won eight Constructors Championships in Formula One. Within the automotive design community he is even better known for the McLaren F1 supercar of 1994 which he conceived and developed with, amongst others, designer Peter Stevens.
Murray left McLaren last year after a growing divergence between his direction and that of the company, most apparent in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren which deviated from the purist, less is more, approach evident in all his other work.
As Advanced Concept Director at Caparo, Murray joins two former ex-McLaren colleagues - design director Ben Scott-Geddes and engineering director Graham Halstead, the men behind the recently announced T1 - the world's first high performance road and track car to deliver 1,000bhp per ton. The T1 achieves this power-to-weight ratio through the application of composite materials and the principles of lightweight design - an approach central to all of Caparo's activities including Murray's appointment. This fly weight supercar is destined for limited production with running prototypes now under construction; part of the objective being to demonstrate Caparo's technical prowess and commercial seriousness as a vehicle component parts supplier of aluminum and steel structural (body-in-white and chassis) and powertrain components, as is also this high profile appointment.
Caparo T1 Design Development story coming soon...