Shell, in collaboration with the legendary race and road car designer Professor Gordon Murray and engine specialist Osamu Goto, will co-engineer an ultra-compact, efficient car for city use based around the internal combustion engine.
The Shell concept is intended to be a simple, practical global city car, drawing together the most innovative aspects of lightweight engineering, streamlining and driveline efficiency.
The concept is intended to inspire thinking about maximising personal mobility while minimising energy use, helping people get around the world’s congested cities where, by 2050, up to three-quarters of the world’s estimated nine billion people could be living.
Initiated by Shell, the collaboration, which is called Project M, brings together Shell’s Lubricant’s Technology Team, The Gordon Murray Design Group and engine specialist Geo Technology. This co-engineering relationship between the three expert teams means that the development of the lubricants, engine and vehicle will be completely integrated, delivering results neither group could achieve by working apart.
Shell will provide the fluids for the car specifically “designing” the motor oil that complements and enhances the overall efficiency of the vehicle. The Shell car aims to show what can be achieved when its products are integrated into the design, right from the beginning.
“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,” said Shell Vice President of Lubricants Technology Selda Gunsel.
Project M is being launched at the Americas round of Shell Eco-marathon, a global series which challenges student teams to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. Shell Eco-marathon America is in Detroit on 9-12 April 2015.
The Shell car is scheduled to be unveiled in November 2015. Once built, the car will be tested on the road. People will be able to follow the development of the car through the website www.shell.com/Projectm.