The Gordon Murray Group has today announced plans to expand its operations to create further global success with a commitment to invest £300M over the next five years, including a significant investment in electric automotive manufacturing.
The roadmap for the future expansion of the Group is underpinned by long term growth through increased research and development, the introduction of a new division, investment in Gordon Murray Design, bolstering the leadership team and talent across the business and cementing the ethos, core competencies and ongoing product portfolio of Gordon Murray Automotive.
The company is dedicating a renewed and sharper focus on designing and engineering future electric vehicles, with the expansion including significant investment in Gordon Murray Design. The globally leading design and engineering business is already in the early phases of creating a “revolutionary, lightweight, ultra-efficient electric vehicle architecture” for future urban passenger vehicles and delivery vans.
Professor Murray, Chairman Gordon Murray Group, said: “While recently the global spotlight has been on Gordon Murray Automotive and the T.50 models there has been extensive progress and developments made within the wider Group. Today we are taking this to a new level announcing new investments, a strengthening of our leadership team, enhanced R&D, a new Division and a reaffirmation of our philosophy. Core competencies that differentiate us and set us apart in the industry as we build the Group to meet the challenges of the future.
“The Group has a clear mission: pushing automotive and technology boundaries to be the best there is. These new developments are dedicated to pursuing this ambitious agenda. We are building a philosophy and enhancing a team for increased growth and future success, staying true to our vision”.
The Design section of the company is also directing substantial investment towards a ‘superlight’ Research and Development facility to further progress weight and complexity reduction of both vehicle architectures and manufacturing processes. An additional facility at Dunsfold, Surrey is being planned to manufacture ‘superlight’ frames for Gordon Murray Design, and Gordon Murray Automotive vehicle programmes.
A new business unit, Gordon Murray Electronic which is being formed by newly appointed CEO Richie Sibal, will support GMD in developing advanced electrified powertrains for global automotive manufacturers and technology companies.
Commenting on the group’s investment in developing electric automotives, Professor Murray said, “The automotive future will be increasingly electrified and it’s essential that we design the world’s lightest, most efficient and advanced EVs. This significant investment in Gordon Murray Design and the formation of Gordon Murray Electronics will be realising that goal. Advanced work is already underway and we will be sharing more news on our exciting all-electric platform soon”.
The T.50 supercar that the manufacturer are famed for remains on track and Gordon Murray Automotive is now conducting prototype testing. Production will start in 2022 at a new facility in Dunsfold, Surrey, UK with the first customer cars being delivered early in the year, being overseen by newly appointed Head of Global Sales, Henry Winkworth-Smith.
The Group is also set to move its global headquarters to a new site in Windlesham, Surrey, UK where a new technology campus, Heritage and Customer Centre, and bespoke design and engineering facilities are being created. Construction will commence in July 2021 and the first facilities will be ready in 2022, with the entire project completed in 2024.
Commenting on the campus, Professor Murray stated: “Our new technology campus and global headquarters is another major investment but it’s also where the power and capabilities of our expanding Group will really be seen. It will be a fantastic new home and create a truly unique culture of collaboration, innovation and interaction. I am convinced it will take us to even greater heights and become a globally renowned centre of excellence for vehicle design and creation”.
Gordon Murray Design is a design and engineering company, established in 2007, with a focus on developing an innovative and disruptive manufacturing technology. It has since built a global reputation as a fine automotive design team, with an innovative approach from concept and design, through to prototyping and development for production.
You can find more information about the Group on its website.