Dewar Trophy for 2016 Awarded to Gordon Murray Design
The Club is proud to announce the Dewar Trophy for 2016 was presented on Wednesday 2 November to Gordon Murray Design founder, Gordon Murray, for his team’s development and application of the innovative iStream® chassis concept, including its use in the Global Vehicle Trust OX all-terrain vehicle. The OX tackles crucial transport challenges in the developing world, by offering a cheap, versatile and durable flat-pack truck to some of the globe’s poorest areas.
Accepting the Trophy, Professor 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 1 technology to a point where it is accessible to the everyday motorist and to enable affordable lightweighting and to introduce new levels of automotive durability and safety’.
Professor Murray, who has been ‘messing around with composites’ his whole working life and leading pioneering work in F1, super cars and production cars, said this ‘pales in to insignificance’ compared to their work today.
A key factor in the imminent success of iStream is its durability. ‘The ultimate recycle is not to recycle’ said Professor Murray. ‘With this in mind, we have set out to manufacture products that will last forever – never recycle, just update.’
Awarding the 2016 trophy to Gordon Murray Design was a unanimous decision for experts on the Royal Automobile Club’s Dewar Technical Committee, chaired by John Wood MBE. John said ‘Gordon Murray Design’s iStream® technique presents a completely new way of thinking about vehicle construction. When developing the OX all-terrain vehicle, the iStream® construction was the perfect fit: versatile, strong, durable and extremely affordable, it’s a genuine innovation that could positively affect the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest areas’.