Gordon Murray's innovative design may end up in many cars

Murray Design signs licensing agreement to volume-manufacture iStream seats

Published: July 24, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

iStream seat details

Gordon Murray, the legendary designer of Brabham Formula 1 racing cars and road-going supercars such as the McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, has entered into an agreement to license one of his design company’s most recent designs — the iStream seat.

Gordon Murray Design (GMD) and Transcal (one of the world’s leading automotive interior suppliers) entered into the technology licensing agreement that will allow Transcal to manufacture the seat for automotive OEM and bespoke applications.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Transcal, a business that shares our focus on a more efficient future for the automotive sector and pushing boundaries at every opportunity,” said Professor Gordon Murray CBE, Chairman of Gordon Murray Design. “The iStream lightweight automotive seat represents a seismic shift in this sector – its innovative construction helps to deliver both economic and environmental benefits.”

Transcal plans to release the fully-trimmed seat for volume production in the first quarter of 2020. GMD will also seek out other applications for the iStream seat within and outside the automotive industry.

Certified for all European automotive requirements, the iStream lightweight seat, currently codenamed IS-001, is an innovative unit that weighs 30% less than a conventional modern seat, thanks to composite panels and tubular frame construction (totaling just 12 kg). It can be adapted to suit all types of vehicles and can be custom made for bespoke applications.

Among its key advantages are its ability to achieve a low seating position, anti-submarining qualities, luggage retention capabilities to meet requirements and a full range of adjustments. On the manufacturing side, it has ultra-low tooling and development costs, simple high-speed assembly, low number of parts and competitive piece costs.