Between leading the pioneering redevelopment of The Roundhouse venue in North London through his charity, as well as writing a book, Sir Torquil Norman was pondering the world motor industry’s obsession with supplying heavier and more complex cars to a large portion of the world’s population.
Through the foundation of the Global Vehicle Trust (GVT), Torquil Norman pursued his ambition to help people in the developing world by providing cost-effective mobility for communities to undertake crucial daily tasks, such as collect drinking water and transporting grain, fertilizer or building materials.
The GVT briefed world-renowned automotive engineer and designer, Professor Gordon Murray, on a unique humanitarian programme to create a lightweight truck for the developing world.
A COLLABORATION BEGAN…
“The OX design and prototyping programme is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and challenging I have undertaken during my 45 years of car design, including my years in F1!
The added challenge of a flat-packed vehicle design over the already tough targets for cost, durability and weight saving made for a fascinating and stimulating journey from concept to prototype.
The most satisfying elements of the project for me are that the OX will make such a difference to so many people and that it has no competitor in any part of the world. It has been a privilege to work alongside Torquil to make his vision a reality.”
Professor Gordon Murray
CEO & Technical Director,
Gordon Murray Design
PROTOTYPING AND BUILD
The GVT has spent around £3 million bringing the OX to the working prototype stage and it is now seeking active partnerships to take the project through to a production-ready status.
Extensive component selection, benchmarking and testing and was undertaken by the GVT’s partners to ensure that OX will cope with all of the environments that it is likely to be put to work in.
The prototyping stage of the OX development has seen three versions built: XP1, XP2 and XP3. The latest prototype showcases the evolution of design and the engineering effort that has been put into making OX a truly ground-breaking vehicle.
A full testing programme has been successfully undertaken throughout the development of OX, including rigorous durability and reliability trials at the renowned Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK and at the IDIADA Test Facility in Catalonia, Spain.