Automotive designer and engineer, Professor Gordon Murray, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2019.
The accolade is in recognition of his ‘services to motoring’ after a career devising and delivering creative and ground-breaking road and racing cars.
Murray said: “It is extremely humbling to receive a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. I’ve spent more than 50 years doing what I love, working with a wealth of highly-talented and creative people around the world, but primarily in the UK. From the competing during the heyday of Formula One, to designing the world’s fastest supercar, I’ve loved every minute.”
Having designed his first car in 1967, Murray moved to the UK to join the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director, winning two world championships (1981 and 1983), then moved to McLaren as Technical Director in 1988 where the team won three consecutive championships from 1988 to 1990.
Having accrued 50 Grand Prix wins, he went on to establish McLaren Cars Limited and designed the renowned McLaren F1 – still acclaimed as one of the greatest road cars ever made.
By contrast, he has also designed low-cost, easy-to-assemble transport for emerging markets, before working on the new TVR Griffith.