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I searched but did not find this anywhere else, hope it is not a repost. I saw this on another forum and there is some interesting stuff. Especially since they are talking about selling this thing. You thought Lotus was the King of lightweight.....move over and make room. Not exactly a performance car but check out some of the weight saving they did:

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Laugh at High Gas Prices With a 282-MPG VW
By Chuck Squatriglia July 03, 2008 | 7:30:00 AMCategories: Concept Cars, Fuel Economy


With gas prices going through the roof and regulators requiring cars to be ever more miserly, Volkswagen is bringing new meaning to the term "fuel efficiency" with a bullet-shaped microcar that gets a stunning 282 235 mpg.

Volkswagen's had its super-thrifty One-Liter Car concept vehicle -- so named because that's how much fuel it needs to go 100 kilometers -- stashed away for six years. The body's made of carbon fiber to minimize weight (the entire car weighs just 660 pounds) and company execs didn't expect the material to become cheap enough to produce the car until 2012.

But VW's decided to build the car two years ahead of schedule.

According to Britain's Car magazine, VW has approved a plan to build a limited number of One-Liters in 2010. They'll probably be built in the company's prototype shop, which has the capacity to build as many as 1,000 per year. That's not a lot, but it's enough to help VW get a lot of attention while showing how much light weight and an efficient engine can achieve.

VW unveiled the slick two-seater concept six years ago at a stockholder's meeting in Hamburg. To prove it was a real car, Chairman Ferdinand Piech personally drove it from Wolfsburg to Hamburg. At the time, he said the car could see production when the cost of its carbon monocoque dropped from 35,000 Euros (about $55,000) to 5,000 Euros (about $8,000) -- something he figured would happen in 2012. With carbon fiber being used in everything from airliners to laptops these days, VW's apparently decided the cost is competitive enough to build at least a few hundred One-Liters.

VW's engineers -- who spent three years developing the car -- made extensive use of magnesium, titanium and aluminum to bring it in at less than one-third the weight of a Toyota Echo. According to Canadian Driver, the front suspension assembly weighs just 18 pounds. The six-speed transmission features a magnesium case, titanium bolts and hollow gears; it weighs a tad more than 50 pounds. The 16-inch wheels are carbon fiber. The magnesium steering wheel weighs a little more than a pound. How much of the concept car's exotic hardware makes it to the production model remains to be seen.

Low weight only gets you so far in the quest for ultimate fuel economy; aerodynamics plays a big role. The One-Liter is long and low, coming in at 11.4 feet long, 4.1 feet wide and 3.3 feet tall. It features an aircraft-like canopy, flat wheel covers and a belly pan to smooth the airflow under the car. The engine cooling vents open only when needed, and video cameras take the place of mirrors. The passenger sits behind the driver to keep the car narrow. The car has a coefficient of drag of 0.16; the average car comes in around 0.30 and the Honda Insight had a Cd of 0.25.

As for the engine, the concept had a one-cylinder diesel engine producing 8.5 horsepower and 13.5 foot-pounds of torque. Car says the production model will use a two-cylinder turbodiesel for a little more oomph. Doubling the number of cylinders is sure to cut fuel economy, so VW may install a diesel-hybrid drivetrain. The engine turns off at stop lights to save fuel, then automatically restarts when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal.

(Update: The car reportedly has anti-lock brakes, stability control and airbags. According to Canadian Driver, "Volkswagen says the One-Liter Car is as safe as a GT sports car registered for racing. With the aid of computer crash simulations, the car was designed with built-in crash tubes, pressure sensors for airbag control and front crumple zones.")

What's it gonna cost? Car quotes "one well-placed insider" who says the One-Liter could have a sticker price of anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 Euros (about $31,750 to $47,622). That's a lot of money. But then, the One-Liter, despite its diminutive size, is a lot of car.

Note/Update: Turns out the 282 mpg figure refers to Imperial gallons; the proper figure when converted to U.S. gallons is 235 mpg.

Photos by Volkswagen
 

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No, I mean how does it get better gas mileage than a motorcycle?
 

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No, I mean how does it get better gas mileage than a motorcycle?
They also say the production model will have TWO cylinders instead of just the one in concept. I wonder what that will do to the mileage and HP?

It would be interesting so see the 0-60 and top speed. Not that I am interested in performance but it needs to be able to get out of the way or merge on a freeway when needed.
 

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Why is this guy running without lights and wiper?

-poke-

With its small size, dark color, and the weather conditions you'd think it would easy to overlook.
 

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The 1L more or less was an exercise for Volkswagen engineers. From 1999 until 2005 VW manufactured a small 4seater called 'Lupo' that in one version was available with a 1.2 liter Diesel engine and optimized design in order to achieve a fuel efficiency of 3 liters per 100 km (appr. 75 mpg). It wasn't a success though because even that one was considered to be too expensive.

First Drive: Volkswagen Lupo 3L TDI

As long as gas is so cheap in the US as it is still today there is no chance any car maker will offer vehicles like that in this market. ;)
 

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And when they ad the kit that doubles any cars gas milage they will get 470mpg!
 

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I am still going to have to wait for alot more trucks to get off the road before I consider one of these. There are still a lot of soccer moms and country boys who wouldn't consider driving anything but a great big truck here in Texas. Other than that, I would love something like this if I can get a few bags of groceries in it.
 

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Why is this guy running without lights and wiper?

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With its small size, dark color, and the weather conditions you'd think it would easy to overlook.
The lights and wiper may not have been functional on that concept car, and all of the surrounding vehicles are VW's, presumably part of the convoy.
 

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....so after all these years we find out messerschmidt had it right the whole time?
 

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Why is this guy running without lights and wiper?

It may be outrunning the lights/speed of light... :shrug: If that assumption is correct then it is easily outrunning the rain... :clap:

Seriously though... I'd like one although I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE APTERA HYBRID... here in California... Yeeehaw!!! Oh that was for our brothers from Texas. :wave:
 

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Why is this guy running without lights and wiper?

-poke-

With its small size, dark color, and the weather conditions you'd think it would easy to overlook.
The lights and wiper may not have been functional on that concept car, and all of the surrounding vehicles are VW's, presumably part of the convoy.
I suspect that the wipers and lights do work - and perhaps the wipers are on just at the park location:shrug:

Also have a look at the driver - it is VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech - no doubt surrounded by camera cars in, as JWA pointed out, a VW convoy.
 
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