Gordon Murray is no stranger to pushing the limits of car technology. He is, after all, a former Formula One designer and the man behind both the McLaren F1 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. However lately, he hasn’t been building race cars or supercars. What he has been working on is something called iStream.
iStream Carbon was shown for the first time at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and is the chassis technology used for the Yamaha ‘Sports Ride Concept’ sports car project. The ‘Sports Ride Concept’ is an in house Yamaha concept design based on an iStream Carbon chassis developed at Gordon Murray Design working with the Yamaha team.
iStream Carbon is the world’s first affordable high volume carbon fiber chassis structure bringing Formula One materials and technology within reach of the everyday motorist. Unlike any other carbon fiber chassis technology, iStream Carbon is a fully mechanized system with a cycle time of just 100 seconds. iStream Carbon is true Formula One racing technology utilizing two carbon skins sandwiching a honeycomb core, unlike the more expensive monolithic (single skin carbon panels).
Potentially, Gordon Murray’s iStream Carbon process could bring the cost of a carbon fiber chassis down far enough that even mainstream vehicles use them. The first company to use the process in a production car, though, is most likely to be TVR, the British sports car company that’s supposedly back from the dead again and has already taken deposits on its entire first run of new cars.
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