Project M is a chance for us to explore ways to improve movement around our cities now and in the future. It’s an exciting opportunity to collaborate with industry-leaders Gordon Murray Design and Geo Technology to co-engineer the design and build of an ultra-compact and energy efficient city car. In the coming months and until our reveal in April 2016, we will share it's key design features, check out the details and click on the below icons to learn more about specific parts.
Currently there are an estimated two billion vehicles on the road that are fuelled by petrol or diesel engines, although we are beginning to see innovative developments in the electric and hybrid space. However, we’re still going to need a mixture of energy and vehicle technologies to help meet demand in the future. Projections from independent organisations such as the IEA say that traditional engine and fossil fuels will play a critical role in the coming decades and Project M aims to address this challenge.
We want our concept car to be as efficient as possible, which means it has to be light-weight and streamlined. The engine technology will need to work together with our own low-friction fluids to try to get the very best results; we will aim to deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions over its entire lifecycle when compared to traditional vehicles.
We’ve got two former Formula One™ legends involved on our Project M team and they’re going to be using all their skills and knowledge as we co-engineer the design and build the car. Formula One™ car bodies are made using ‘honeycomb monocoque’ that makes them very light but immensely strong. Gordon Murray Design has pioneered a way of using the same technology in road cars at less than the cost of a conventional road car body.
Automobile experts Geo Technology will optimise the engine by maximising efficiency through the engine design. They will minimise internal friction through co-engineering of the hardware and fluids pushing both to an extreme through testing cycles while ensuring it meets stringent safety measures.
For decades Shell has been innovating to keep the world moving, providing both quality fuels and lubricants that are critical for advancing mobility. Shell brings world-class technological insight to its fluids (fuels and lubricants). Shell has specialist lubricants research realise centres in China, US, Germany and Japan. The engine lubricant/oil designed for the Project M car will be developed with the aim of allowing all of the driveline components to operate efficiently. The car will be designed to use Shell quality fuels, such as Octane 95, with active cleaning ingredients.
Project M is a collaboration between experts Shell, Gordon Murray Design and Geo Technology. The different elements of the car are being designed to complement each other to help enhance its overall efficiency. From using the smallest, lightest conventional road-car gasoline engine available, to help keep the cost of manufacturing and ownership down we are aiming to create the Project M car to be as responsive and fun to drive as possible. Naturally, we also want it to be safe, so once it’s built we intend to test it in ‘real world’ conditions, to check that it performs on the road, not just on paper.
This project is a collaboration between industry-leading experts working together and sharing their years of experience and expertise.
Check out our timeline for updates on Project M. Find out how people may be able to get around today and in the future.