Shell together with Gordon Murray and Osamu Goto wants to co-engineer and a city car concept around the internal combustion engine, it’s called Project M.

WHILE MOST CAR makers are looking to alternative power train designs, like electric and hydrogen, oil company Shell has engaged Gordon Murray and Osamu Goto to eke out a little more life from the internal combustion engine and build a city car concept.

“The Shell concept is intended to be a simple, practical global city car; drawing together the most innovative aspects of light-weight engineering, streamlining, and driveline efficiency and work brilliantly whether you are in a city where mass-motoring is a relatively new thing or already a century-old. Once built, the car will be tested on-the-road,” a statement about Project M said.

“Since working with the Gordon Murray Design team on the T.25 car in 2010, we have given further thought on how to deliver a complete rethink of the car, using as little energy as possible. We believe this Shell car will demonstrate how efficient a car can be when Shell works in harmony with vehicle and engine makers during design and build, supplying fuels and lubricants technical expertise. Shell is excited to be working with such top calibre partners and invite others to join us for the remaining part of this exciting journey,” said Selda Gunsel – Vice President Lubricants Technology

The three parties last collaborated in 1988 on Ayrton Senna’s and Alain Prost’s Honda™-powered, Shell- fuelled race cars that won all but one Grands Prix that season, a record that still stands. Shell and Professor Gordon Murray go back way further; Shell sponsored the first car and engine Professor Gordon Murray ever built, in South Africa, when he was just 19.

If you’re interested, you’ll be able to keep up with the project by clicking HERE.


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