I was loathe to fork out for the Twizy as I believed the more capable (but uglier!) T.27 was due out soon. I rang Gordon Murray designs and spoke to Hugh who confirmed that their company designed the car and were in discussions with several companies, the chosen one being the company that will produce it under licence. When I said I guessed this would be an electrics company like Samsung or Apple rather than a car manufacturer, he went quiet then laughed and said that was exactly what they were thinking. I asked after a proposed launch date and price and was told 3-4 years and around £13-15,000 minus any government grant for an electric car (Twizy is quadricycle and does not qualify) currently £5000.
Even though the Twizy is appealing, the T.27 is a car, which will be NCAP tested, have 3 seats in the same central driver’s, two behind side by side layout as a McLaren F1 (also designed and licensed by Gordon Murray), have luggage space, air-con, a full roof and windows etc.
The clinchers over the Twizy is full weather protection, NCAP, 3 seats, 60mph, 130 mile range and 0-60 in uder 15 seconds.
At under £10k and if manufactured by Apple or other hip firm it will be unstoppable!
Fifth Gear viewed the prototype in the last series
The first drive on Fifth Gear was last night and they absolutely raved about it-no clip yet, on Discovery website or youtube
Can’t wait to drive one. Tick tock…