November 2, 2016 by Gordon Murray Design Ltd

The Royal Automobile Club today announced that it has awarded the prestigious Dewar Trophy to Gordon Murray Design. Gordon Murray accepted the award on behalf of the company for their ground breaking iStream® technology, including the development of the OX all-terrain.

The Dewar Trophy is awarded for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive world and only in years when the Club's expert committee believes that there are contenders of sufficient merit, with winners joining a line-up of automotive greats.

Gordon Murray Design's disruptive automotive manufacturing system introduces affordable Formula One technology to everyday motoring and it represents the first major step change in automotive manufacturing since high volume production began in the early 20th century.

Three of Gordon Murray Design's customers recently announced iStream® products. Yamaha Motor Company announced their electric city car MOTIV.e in 2013 which employs iStream®, and their Sports Car last November which is built around iStream® carbon. Last month the Global Vehicle Trust (GVT) launched the OX Flat-Pack truck which incorporates iStream® zero and TVR showed their new Sports Car at the London Motor Show earlier this year, which will be built around iStream® carbon. Gordon Murray Design was responsible for the design and engineering of all four vehicles.

Gordon Murray Design is currently working on five iStream® products for three customers and is processing a further eleven iStream® enquiries from a total of nine different countries.

Professor Gordon Murray said: 'It's a great honour to receive such a prestigious award on behalf of our company. I am extremely proud of what our team has achieved in industrialising iStream®. Our mission has been to develop Formula One technology to a point where it is accessible to the everyday motorist and to enable affordable light weighting and to introduce new levels of automotive durability and safety'.

John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee, said: 'Gordon Murray Design's iStream technique presents a completely new way of thinking about vehicle construction and manufacture. In developing the OX all-terrain vehicle, the versatility of the iStream process is clearly demonstrated, resulting in a strong, durable and extremely affordable structure. It's a genuine innovation that could positively affect the lives of people in some of the world's poorest areas'.

1. Gordon Murray Design Limited is a British company operating from Shalford, Surrey. The Company is recognised as a world leader in automotive design and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development. The Company is compact and focused and undertakes automotive and other engineering programmes in an efficient and innovative way. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com.

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    2. The iStream® assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process and could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T. Development of the process began over 15 years ago and it has already won the prestigious 'Idea of the Year' award from Autocar who were given privileged access in order to make their assessment. The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants. The iStream® design process is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and will lead to a significant reduction in full lifecycle CO2. For more information please visit www.iStream.technology.

    3. The Dewar Trophy was presented to the Royal Automobile Club in 1904 by Sir Thomas Dewar, MP (later Lord Dewar), and was to be awarded at the discretion of the Club's Dewar Technical Committee for the most meritorious performance by an automobile manufacturer in the Certified Trials held by the Club. The first recipients of the award in 1906 were Dennis Brothers Limited of Guildford, whose 20hp car covered a distance of 4000 miles. The award goes to an outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive field during the preceding year or one that is known to have reached a significant stage of development, application or utilisation during the year.

    For 2017, entries for the Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal are invited covering all aspects of automotive technical innovation including, though not exclusively:

    Internal combustion engine cycle efficiency improvements

    Hybrid power trains

    Fuel cells

    Light weight structures

    Vehicle electronics and electric systems

    Intelligent transport systems

    Material developments

    Safety and sustainability

    Race car technology

    Vehicle aerodynamics

    For further information on 2017 entries and applications, please contact: Jemma.Rapson@RoyalAutomobileClub.co.uk

    4. The Dewar Technical Committee has existed for more than a century and is made up of leading industry experts. The Dewar sub-committee currently includes:

    John Wood MBE, Chairman (ex-Chief Executive of MIRA, past President of IMechE)

    Charles Armstrong-Wilson (freelance journalist specialising in motor sport)

    Ben Cussons (Royal Automobile Club)

    Karl Ludvigsen (best-selling motor sport author)

    Alec Osborn (engineering consultant, past president of IMechE)

    Pat Symonds (Chief Technical Officer, Williams F1)

    Steve Cropley (Editor in Chief, Autocar)

    Jim Chaudry (Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee)

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