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Published on March 12th, 2008 | by Clayton

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The World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car: 285 MPG, Not A Hybrid

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[UPDATE 9/15/09]: Volkswagen’s Diesel-Hybrid L1 Concept Gets 170 MPG, Available by 2013

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This is what a team of engineers can do when challenged to push the limits of fuel efficiency and technology. You may have already heard of VW’s 1-liter car, but take a closer look. It’s a sports-economy concept car produced a few years ago by VW engineers, to answer one big question: could they build a car that consumes less than 3 liters of fuel for every 100 km traveled?

It turns out they could, but they didn’t stop there. Instead, VW blew by that goal to create a car that uses only 1 liter of fuel for every 100 km. That’s 285 MPG.

To accomplish such a feat, VW’s engineers had to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch. They knew that fuel efficiency depends on aerodynamics and weight, so they created a bullet-shaped, ultra-lightweight (640 lbs) carbon-fiber car powered by a new, completely redesigned diesel engine. To save more weight, they didn’t even paint it:

Proper aerodynamics were key to the low fuel consumption. VW engineers knew they needed a small frontal area. This led to its unusually narrow, bullet-shaped body where the passenger sits behind the driver. As well, the car features an aircraft-like canopy, enclosed rear wheels, special flat carbon-fibre front wheel covers, and an aerodynamic underpan. Even the side cooling air inlets only open when the engine needs cooling, and otherwise stay closed. . .the 1-Litre-Car has an amazingly low coefficient of drag of 0.16 (a typical car has a drag coefficient of approximately 0.30 ).

Everything in the car was made out of lightweight carbon-fiber or magnesium, gears were hollowed, and bolts were made from titanium. Like the electric Aptera Typ1 that I wrote about earlier, the VW 1L was designed without side mirrors (too much drag), instead relying on internal video screens to guide the driver. And also like the Aptera, safety was of particular concern:

Despite its small size and light weight, Volkswagen says the 1-Litre-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. Its aluminum fuel tank is located in a protected area behind the passengers. As well, the 1-Litre-Car includes ABS and ESP (electronic stability program).

The existence of the VW 1-Liter car suggests the possibility of drastically reducing our vehicle fuel consumption without any major advances in technology. You probably won’t ever see the VW 1-Liter on the road, but don’t think something like this will never come to the market. You’ll see Aptera’s electric and plug-in hybrids within the next year, and they look like spaceships too.

Addendum: VW’s 1L car will be released in 2010!

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Source:

CanadianDriver (Jun. 5, 2002): Feature: VW 1-Litre-Car

Volkswagen UK

Photo Credit: Canadian Driver


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About the Author

In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.



  • http://eatdrinkbetter.com Bethb

    I so want one of these! Very sexy.

  • http://eatdrinkbetter.com Bethb

    I so want one of these! Very sexy.

  • http://eatdrinkbetter.com Bethb

    I so want one of these! Very sexy.

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  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    The word on the street is that these *might* be available in 2010. Just keep your fingers crossed.

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    The word on the street is that these *might* be available in 2010. Just keep your fingers crossed.

  • Ross

    This isn’t some kind of secret car. I’ve known about it and its mpg since it was created.

    The real question is why isn’t it being produced?

    • http://www.yourvacuumguy.com Cody Sortore

      This comment is obsolete now that it is going into production with some modifications… but the reason it hasn’t been produced until now is that the monocoque carbon fiber body would cost about $30,000 to make alone (this is just speaking from my personal experience working with carbon fiber, I’m sure they get a better price than I do). It’s also got a lot of special features for being light weight that are both expensive, and not good for the market as they require extreme care like the hollow gears. They are light, but not very strong one dummy could mess it up something awful.

  • Ross

    This isn’t some kind of secret car. I’ve known about it and its mpg since it was created.

    The real question is why isn’t it being produced?

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  • Sandy

    1 liter per 100 km is 235 mpg, not 285 mpg.

  • Sandy

    1 liter per 100 km is 235 mpg, not 285 mpg.

    • http://Web Doug

      Um hey stupid, the article says… that 1 liter per 100 km was the first goal.. then it went on to say it did that AND MORE.. meaning it is higher than 1 liter per 100 km.

  • http://fksjdkj shab

    Think of what would happend if you get in an accendent in one.

    • http://Web Jerry Whitman

      The same thing that happens to a motercycle.

    • http://Web Doug

      K let’s read again for those of you that can’t…

      Despite its small size and light weight, Volkswagen says the 1-Litre-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. Its aluminum fuel tank is located in a protected area behind the passengers. As well, the 1-Litre-Car includes ABS and ESP (electronic stability program).

      Well jeez did that say it is as good as a GT sports car in safety? Well my goodness it did. Same thing as a motorcycle my butt

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    shab,

    that’s what is really exciting about these concept vehicles – they disprove the notion that bigger and heavier is better. Take a look at the cars in the Auto X Prize too, they all have to meet stringent safety standards:

    http://gas2.org/2008/03/24/100-mpge-automotive-x-prize-offers-10-million-purse/

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    shab,

    that’s what is really exciting about these concept vehicles – they disprove the notion that bigger and heavier is better. Take a look at the cars in the Auto X Prize too, they all have to meet stringent safety standards:

    http://gas2.org/2008/03/24/100-mpge-automotive-x-prize-offers-10-million-purse/

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    shab,

    that’s what is really exciting about these concept vehicles – they disprove the notion that bigger and heavier is better. Take a look at the cars in the Auto X Prize too, they all have to meet stringent safety standards:

    http://gas2.org/2008/03/24/100-mpge-automotive-x-prize-offers-10-million-purse/

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    Sandy,

    it gets better mileage than 1 liter per 100 km. That was just the goal…

  • http://gas2.org Clayton B. Cornell

    Sandy,

    it gets better mileage than 1 liter per 100 km. That was just the goal…

  • Barry Johnson

    The article said that VW started from scratch. However, they didn’t re-design the engine. Which is what needs to be done to improve efficiency. Their approach is more to do with weight and aerodynamics. It doesn’t really address the real world issue. There is a company in France called MDI who prodced and now sell (through Indian company TATA motors) a car that works on compressed air. This car if combined with another fuel could take it over 3000 miles on a tank of fuel. There is also another company who using the same concept of compressed air, re-designed the piston engine and produced something that is incredibly efficient. See here http://www.engineair.com.au/index.htm.

  • Barry Johnson

    The article said that VW started from scratch. However, they didn’t re-design the engine. Which is what needs to be done to improve efficiency. Their approach is more to do with weight and aerodynamics. It doesn’t really address the real world issue. There is a company in France called MDI who prodced and now sell (through Indian company TATA motors) a car that works on compressed air. This car if combined with another fuel could take it over 3000 miles on a tank of fuel. There is also another company who using the same concept of compressed air, re-designed the piston engine and produced something that is incredibly efficient. See here http://www.engineair.com.au/index.htm.

    • http://Web Premo

      I have read about MDI’s air car for a while, and for some reason it’s release is postponed again and again. I eventually came to the conclusion that it’s not going to happen, – I don’t know why they still try to make you believe it is…..

  • http://www.thanksforspeeding.com matthew erickson

    I also think we should have more programs that encourage people to use energy efficient vehicles. In Texas, Hybrids, with just the driver may be used in the HOV lane (High occupancy vehicles)

    Matt Erickson

    http://www.thanksforspeeding.com

  • http://www.thanksforspeeding.com matthew erickson

    I also think we should have more programs that encourage people to use energy efficient vehicles. In Texas, Hybrids, with just the driver may be used in the HOV lane (High occupancy vehicles)

    Matt Erickson

    http://www.thanksforspeeding.com

  • spuffler

    Clayton B. Cornell:

    Imagine a 640 pound car colliding with a 3200 pound Ford Contour. or a 32000 pound tractor trailer. We cannot select our collisions. All cars have to be able to slam into all other cars.

  • spuffler

    Clayton B. Cornell:

    Imagine a 640 pound car colliding with a 3200 pound Ford Contour. or a 32000 pound tractor trailer. We cannot select our collisions. All cars have to be able to slam into all other cars.

  • spuffler

    Clayton B. Cornell:

    Imagine a 640 pound car colliding with a 3200 pound Ford Contour. or a 32000 pound tractor trailer. We cannot select our collisions. All cars have to be able to slam into all other cars.

  • Frank

    I wonder what was the speed during testing? If it was a closed track tested at 35mph, that was done in the 1973 with a car by Shell Oil that tested at 376 mpg, but it was not practical. Diesels are great at long, steady speeds, and they idle with almost no fuel consumption. Now think of a small diesel generator powering a plug in hybrid.

  • Frank

    I wonder what was the speed during testing? If it was a closed track tested at 35mph, that was done in the 1973 with a car by Shell Oil that tested at 376 mpg, but it was not practical. Diesels are great at long, steady speeds, and they idle with almost no fuel consumption. Now think of a small diesel generator powering a plug in hybrid.

  • Steve

    It’s a stunt. It’s not in production because damn few people would pay a luxury-car price for what amounts to an enclosed motorcycle.

  • Steve

    It’s a stunt. It’s not in production because damn few people would pay a luxury-car price for what amounts to an enclosed motorcycle.

  • Steve

    It’s a stunt. It’s not in production because damn few people would pay a luxury-car price for what amounts to an enclosed motorcycle.

  • sleekness

    awesome streamlined shape probably reduces air resistance yet also improves the look of the car

    how much does it cost though?

  • sleekness

    awesome streamlined shape probably reduces air resistance yet also improves the look of the car

    how much does it cost though?

  • sleekness

    awesome streamlined shape probably reduces air resistance yet also improves the look of the car

    how much does it cost though?

  • david

    Why dont they make it a hybrid wouldnt it be even bettter?

  • david

    Why dont they make it a hybrid wouldnt it be even bettter?

  • david

    Why dont they make it a hybrid wouldnt it be even bettter?

  • http://www.autotrends.org/technology/ MattK

    Nice to see an economical car that isn’t ugly. All right, it isn’t exactly a Tesla Roadster but it isn’t a Honda Insight either. I wonder if Volkswagen has what it takes to produce this car?

  • http://www.autotrends.org/technology/ MattK

    Nice to see an economical car that isn’t ugly. All right, it isn’t exactly a Tesla Roadster but it isn’t a Honda Insight either. I wonder if Volkswagen has what it takes to produce this car?

  • http://www.autotrends.org/technology/ MattK

    Nice to see an economical car that isn’t ugly. All right, it isn’t exactly a Tesla Roadster but it isn’t a Honda Insight either. I wonder if Volkswagen has what it takes to produce this car?

  • http://youdesignwecreate.com jordan

    This car would solve all of the worlds problems. What Are we waiting for? wake up US Government. The answer for this nations problems is right in front of your noses. Do big oil companies have that much influence in the country and around the globe.

  • http://youdesignwecreate.com jordan

    This car would solve all of the worlds problems. What Are we waiting for? wake up US Government. The answer for this nations problems is right in front of your noses. Do big oil companies have that much influence in the country and around the globe.

  • Julien

    The article said that VW started from scratch. However, they didn’t re-design the aerodynamics, in fact, this car looks like the prototypes from the SHELL ECO MARATHON which are mini-cars that car run ~3000km for 1 liter of carburant.

  • Julien

    The article said that VW started from scratch. However, they didn’t re-design the aerodynamics, in fact, this car looks like the prototypes from the SHELL ECO MARATHON which are mini-cars that car run ~3000km for 1 liter of carburant.

  • Julien

    The article said that VW started from scratch. However, they didn’t re-design the aerodynamics, in fact, this car looks like the prototypes from the SHELL ECO MARATHON which are mini-cars that car run ~3000km for 1 liter of carburant.

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  • Dale Kaup

    I wonder if someday someone will take all the glass out of a car and instead use multiple cameras and displays inside to save weight and improve aerodynamics.

    Just think, no more hot sun on us as we drive (no more choosing the route just so it keeps the sun out of your sleeping kids face), pick your nose on your commute to your hearts content, no more wipers, no more cracked glass. NO MORE PEOPLE EJECTED THROUGH THE WINDOWS IN CRASHES. The cameras could give a multitude of views including a roof mounted camera to see over and beyond the cars immediately ahead.

  • Dale Kaup

    I wonder if someday someone will take all the glass out of a car and instead use multiple cameras and displays inside to save weight and improve aerodynamics.

    Just think, no more hot sun on us as we drive (no more choosing the route just so it keeps the sun out of your sleeping kids face), pick your nose on your commute to your hearts content, no more wipers, no more cracked glass. NO MORE PEOPLE EJECTED THROUGH THE WINDOWS IN CRASHES. The cameras could give a multitude of views including a roof mounted camera to see over and beyond the cars immediately ahead.

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  • Peter Briggs

    There is no single solution to global warming, only many hurdles. One at a time they can be overcome. This 235 mpg car is way over the top of anything we have on the road right now. Companies NEED to be selling these cars so we can actually use them instead of just reading about them! I apologize if I seem a little excited, but I am. Why didn,t they do this 20 years ago instead of wasting all that time and money on solar concepts.

    Finally, the Toyota Prius was laughed at when it first came out but now there everywhere. So now I say,”Yes, I can ask for anything more, where is my Volks Wagon ?”.

  • Peter Briggs

    There is no single solution to global warming, only many hurdles. One at a time they can be overcome. This 235 mpg car is way over the top of anything we have on the road right now. Companies NEED to be selling these cars so we can actually use them instead of just reading about them! I apologize if I seem a little excited, but I am. Why didn,t they do this 20 years ago instead of wasting all that time and money on solar concepts.

    Finally, the Toyota Prius was laughed at when it first came out but now there everywhere. So now I say,”Yes, I can ask for anything more, where is my Volks Wagon ?”.

  • Amy

    Very cool looking car but definitely not for families.

  • Amy

    Very cool looking car but definitely not for families.

  • http://billwangard.blogspot.com Bill Wangard, Ph.D.

    FYI,

    100 km / liter = 235 miles/gallon. Not 285!

    Check your arithmetic next time!!!!

    • http://Web Premo

      really depends on what gallon you relate to, American or British….check the maths!

      • http://Web Doug

        Or it depends on if you can read or not. It says they exceeded the goal of 1 Liter per 100K.. in my dictionary Exceeded meant that they got more than what they were aiming for. I would bet it was 285 mpg. Like it says.

  • http://billwangard.blogspot.com Bill Wangard, Ph.D.

    FYI,

    100 km / liter = 235 miles/gallon. Not 285!

    Check your arithmetic next time!!!!

  • http://billwangard.blogspot.com Bill Wangard, Ph.D.

    FYI,

    100 km / liter = 235 miles/gallon. Not 285!

    Check your arithmetic next time!!!!

    • http://Web Doug

      Check your reading skills… that was the first goal.. they exceeded that and more.. they then got 285 mpg.

  • Dave S.

    “This 235 mpg car is way over the top of anything we have on the road right now. Companies NEED to be selling these cars so we can actually use them instead of just reading about them! I apologize if I seem a little excited, but I am. Why didn,t they do this 20 years ago instead of wasting all that time and money on solar concepts.”

    Slow down there, son.

    How much will it cost? Carbon fiber, titanium and magnesium are hella costly.

    What is the performance? Top speed? 0-60?

    Can it be driven in the snow?

    If it’s practical, it will sell. If it’s not, it won’t. There’s no conspiracy. Just market forces.

    And there’s no magic, either.

  • Dave S.

    “This 235 mpg car is way over the top of anything we have on the road right now. Companies NEED to be selling these cars so we can actually use them instead of just reading about them! I apologize if I seem a little excited, but I am. Why didn,t they do this 20 years ago instead of wasting all that time and money on solar concepts.”

    Slow down there, son.

    How much will it cost? Carbon fiber, titanium and magnesium are hella costly.

    What is the performance? Top speed? 0-60?

    Can it be driven in the snow?

    If it’s practical, it will sell. If it’s not, it won’t. There’s no conspiracy. Just market forces.

    And there’s no magic, either.

  • http://www.bl0g.co.uk DD

    @Bill Wangard and other Americans: FYI, Germany is in Europe. Europe doesn’t use American Gallons. 1L/100km = 282mpg Imperial.

  • http://www.bl0g.co.uk DD

    @Bill Wangard and other Americans: FYI, Germany is in Europe. Europe doesn’t use American Gallons. 1L/100km = 282mpg Imperial.

  • http://www.bl0g.co.uk DD

    @Bill Wangard and other Americans: FYI, Germany is in Europe. Europe doesn’t use American Gallons. 1L/100km = 282mpg Imperial.

  • PJ Murt

    What an absolutely wonderful invention. It’s better than having to buy motorcycle for fuel economy. It appears it could be used all year round. If people are worried about being in an accident, why don’t we make this little car mandatory for anyone traveling solo or with only 1 passenger. Give them their own lane on the freeway and in time get rid of the big gas hogs. I would think with a little more research they could come up with a family car that got 180 mpg. I’ll buy one if the price is right.

  • PJ Murt

    What an absolutely wonderful invention. It’s better than having to buy motorcycle for fuel economy. It appears it could be used all year round. If people are worried about being in an accident, why don’t we make this little car mandatory for anyone traveling solo or with only 1 passenger. Give them their own lane on the freeway and in time get rid of the big gas hogs. I would think with a little more research they could come up with a family car that got 180 mpg. I’ll buy one if the price is right.

  • Dave S.

    “It appears it could be used all year round.”

    It appears to have zero ground clearance. It appears three inches of snow will stop it.

    Kindly do not “mandate” that I buy this, and I promise I won’t mandate that YOU buy something that ill suits you. Thank you.

  • Dave S.

    “It appears it could be used all year round.”

    It appears to have zero ground clearance. It appears three inches of snow will stop it.

    Kindly do not “mandate” that I buy this, and I promise I won’t mandate that YOU buy something that ill suits you. Thank you.

  • Derek

    Another great thing about this is that it is diesel and you can run it on vegetable oil.

  • Derek

    Another great thing about this is that it is diesel and you can run it on vegetable oil.

  • Petro.tony

    What was the driver’s weight during the 282MPG or 100Kilometers test run?

  • Petro.tony

    What was the driver’s weight during the 282MPG or 100Kilometers test run?

  • Wil

    To you yank morons who are complaining about the car “being 235 mpg not 285 mpg”, an IMPERIAL gallon is larger than a US gallon, so both calculations are correct!

  • Wil

    To you yank morons who are complaining about the car “being 235 mpg not 285 mpg”, an IMPERIAL gallon is larger than a US gallon, so both calculations are correct!

  • Michael Owen

    If this car is available I want one. If this care isn’t commercially available, why not?

  • Michael Owen

    If this car is available I want one. If this care isn’t commercially available, why not?

  • vulcan alex

    I like it, but as with most of its kind it cost a lot and would not be acceptable for folks with kids. Me I drive to work and at most have one passenger so I could go this way with ease!!!

  • vulcan alex

    I like it, but as with most of its kind it cost a lot and would not be acceptable for folks with kids. Me I drive to work and at most have one passenger so I could go this way with ease!!!

  • http://yahoo cecil starnes

    HI,I wood like to by one and sone.If you put the car at a low price like the vw came in the US,i belive you could clame the car market,the car would seal verry well.3000 miles on a tank of fuel. just thank if the car engine was diesel.

  • Paul Bulzomi

    The Scuderi Split cycle air hybrid concepts looks very promising, several of the major OEM’S have signed non-disclosures, many others have been keeping close progress of the testing results. A running prototype should be completed by Nov./Dec. 2008

  • Paul Bulzomi

    The Scuderi Split cycle air hybrid concepts looks very promising, several of the major OEM’S have signed non-disclosures, many others have been keeping close progress of the testing results. A running prototype should be completed by Nov./Dec. 2008

  • ed

    where can i buy one?

  • ed

    where can i buy one?

  • Chris

    It sounds like a very amazing car but if it only carries one liter it would get around 62 miles on a tank. in order to get 235 miles to a gallon you would stop at a gas station about 4 times. Very time consuming. Plus it used diesel which is arguably more expensive. Its also completely carbon fiber and one seated. Meaning bad safety and little room.

  • Chris

    It sounds like a very amazing car but if it only carries one liter it would get around 62 miles on a tank. in order to get 235 miles to a gallon you would stop at a gas station about 4 times. Very time consuming. Plus it used diesel which is arguably more expensive. Its also completely carbon fiber and one seated. Meaning bad safety and little room.

  • !!!!!!!

    I WANT THIS.

    A one seater, but perfect for people going to work. Wonder how safe it is in a 70mp/h crash though.

  • !!!!!!!

    I WANT THIS.

    A one seater, but perfect for people going to work. Wonder how safe it is in a 70mp/h crash though.

  • http://kellybluebook.com matt d crawfish

    285 mpg WOW

  • http://kellybluebook.com matt d crawfish

    285 mpg WOW

  • http://n/a louie

    I read on another website, can’t remember that the price is less than 8k usd, ? i wonder if they will stay at this price? aptera was thinking a while back that there cars would run at 18k now it’s just below 30k.

    what vw needs to keep in mind is the target audience wants an affordable car with good gas mileage. anything above 10k and they will have to understand that the public will probably be seriously pressed to look at over vehicles despite the mpg.

    For 8k I would buy, anything above most likely not.

    hats off to volkswagon.

  • http://n/a cymbol

    “To you yank morons who are complaining about the car “being 235 mpg not 285 mpg”, an IMPERIAL gallon is larger than a US gallon, so both calculations are correct!”

    To all you idiots who can’t do calculations, even with an imperial gallon it is only 282.5 miles per gallon. Do the gas stations in commonwealth countries even pump gas in gallons anymore?

    Shut your face.

  • http://n/a cymbol

    and if you’d bothered to check the backgrounds of the writers

    “Corvallis, Oregon”,

    “Dartmouth College”,

    “Illinois”, and

    “San Francisco, CA”

    are not locations where the imperial gallon would be used.

  • http://www.waterwheelsoftexas.com Chuck Graham

    Would this be a direct drive vehicle? What kind of pressure and where would one obtain it for practical usage?Thanks

    Chuck

  • http://www.waterwheelsoftexas.com Chuck Graham

    Would this be a direct drive vehicle? What kind of pressure and where would one obtain it for practical usage?Thanks

    Chuck

  • http://TheWorldsMostfuel,etc,etc. Rey Martinez

    Is the VW 1L going to be offered in the U. S. ?

    If so, any idea when? If it is not for sale in the U. S. Then we will build our own version. I ‘m ready to buy it, If I fit in it. I am 6′o” and 200lbs.

  • Thomas

    Cut the bullshit, whats the price and is it comming out? Or is this another bullshit concept car? How does it compete vs Aptera, tesla, and other alternative cars?

  • Thomas

    Cut the bullshit, whats the price and is it comming out? Or is this another bullshit concept car? How does it compete vs Aptera, tesla, and other alternative cars?

  • MICHAEL TAMMARO

    WELL, IT IS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE I GUESS THAT THE DIRTY AND FILTHY ARABS WHO ARE MORE WEALTHY THAN MOST OF US IMAGINE TO BE, AND THEY STILL APPARENTLY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY BECAUSE THEY’RE SO GREEDY FOR THEM TO PUT US IN THIS POSITION TO ‘READJUST’ OURSELVES AND CREATE WAYS TO ELIMINATE OIL FROM OUR LIVES. OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE SITTING ON MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF OIL SINCE THEY’RE APPARENTLY NOT THAT BRIGHT AS A PEOPLE TO CONCEIVE OR CREATE SOMETHING FOR THE PROGRESSION OF MANKIND AS A WHOLE AND MAKE THEIR FORTUNES FROM WHATEVER THAT ENDEAVOR MIGHT BE. THEY REMIND ME OF TURDS OF HUMAN WASTE WRAPPED IN THE FINEST SILKS.

  • MICHAEL TAMMARO

    WELL, IT IS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE I GUESS THAT THE DIRTY AND FILTHY ARABS WHO ARE MORE WEALTHY THAN MOST OF US IMAGINE TO BE, AND THEY STILL APPARENTLY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY BECAUSE THEY’RE SO GREEDY FOR THEM TO PUT US IN THIS POSITION TO ‘READJUST’ OURSELVES AND CREATE WAYS TO ELIMINATE OIL FROM OUR LIVES. OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE SITTING ON MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF OIL SINCE THEY’RE APPARENTLY NOT THAT BRIGHT AS A PEOPLE TO CONCEIVE OR CREATE SOMETHING FOR THE PROGRESSION OF MANKIND AS A WHOLE AND MAKE THEIR FORTUNES FROM WHATEVER THAT ENDEAVOR MIGHT BE. THEY REMIND ME OF TURDS OF HUMAN WASTE WRAPPED IN THE FINEST SILKS.

  • alala lala

    how much is this car?

    Is it approved to drive in the US?

    and where can I buy one????????

  • alala lala

    how much is this car?

    Is it approved to drive in the US?

    and where can I buy one????????

  • http://www.eco-snob.com Ryan

    I am so waiting for cars like these to hit the road. I am also waiting for the day when city-only cars will be the norm. When the top speed of cars for the city will only be 10 mph above the speed limit will we get rid of the speed demons and the aggressive zig-zaggers. But alas, electric cars are coming and pound for pound they are just as fast as the cars we have today.

  • http://www.eco-snob.com Ryan

    I am so waiting for cars like these to hit the road. I am also waiting for the day when city-only cars will be the norm. When the top speed of cars for the city will only be 10 mph above the speed limit will we get rid of the speed demons and the aggressive zig-zaggers. But alas, electric cars are coming and pound for pound they are just as fast as the cars we have today.

  • alan

    The European gallon is different than the US gallon. There are 4.5 liters to the European gallon vs 3.8 liters to the US gallon. That explains the higher MPG.

  • alan

    The European gallon is different than the US gallon. There are 4.5 liters to the European gallon vs 3.8 liters to the US gallon. That explains the higher MPG.

  • Ken

    Barry, the article says “They knew that fuel efficiency depends on aerodynamics and weight, so they created a bullet-shaped, ultra-lightweight (640 lbs) carbon-fiber car powered by a new, completely redesigned diesel engine.”

  • Ken

    Barry, the article says “They knew that fuel efficiency depends on aerodynamics and weight, so they created a bullet-shaped, ultra-lightweight (640 lbs) carbon-fiber car powered by a new, completely redesigned diesel engine.”

  • http://gas2.org jose ramirez

    what a car huh. i already have one.

    nah, just kidding, i wish!!!!!!!!!

  • http://gas2.org jose ramirez

    what a car huh. i already have one.

    nah, just kidding, i wish!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.sebsworld.com/ Seb

    I hope the engineers who built this use their knowledge to improve the fuel efficiency of all current VW production cars

  • http://www.sebsworld.com/ Seb

    I hope the engineers who built this use their knowledge to improve the fuel efficiency of all current VW production cars

  • Suninder

    What’s the top speed of this car and how many secs it takes to reach 100km/h if it does go that far?

  • Suninder

    What’s the top speed of this car and how many secs it takes to reach 100km/h if it does go that far?

  • Brey

    Will the U.S.A. be able to buy these cars any time soon? How much will they be and are there 2 seaters?

  • Brey

    Will the U.S.A. be able to buy these cars any time soon? How much will they be and are there 2 seaters?

  • c0nd3mn3d

    “…could they build a car that consumes less than 3 liters of fuel for every 100 km traveled?”

    sorry i don’t have time to read through 55 comments; perhapsmy comment is a duplication. but…

    other sites are saying 235 mpg as well, consistent with 62*3.785~235. the quote is to illustrate that, as reported even by this very article, the goal was not 100km/l… (clayton! you said so yourself!)

    235mpg (100km/l) appears to be what was achieved…

    of course, i am very late to the game here and perhaps nobody will read this ever again :) …including me!

  • c0nd3mn3d

    “…could they build a car that consumes less than 3 liters of fuel for every 100 km traveled?”

    sorry i don’t have time to read through 55 comments; perhapsmy comment is a duplication. but…

    other sites are saying 235 mpg as well, consistent with 62*3.785~235. the quote is to illustrate that, as reported even by this very article, the goal was not 100km/l… (clayton! you said so yourself!)

    235mpg (100km/l) appears to be what was achieved…

    of course, i am very late to the game here and perhaps nobody will read this ever again :) …including me!

  • http://yahoo Beast

    That is very incredible. I wish that I would have the opportunity to drive that fuel efficient car.

  • http://www.highperformancejdm.com Nick

    There are a lot of issues with these kinds of cars. It is easy to point out all the flaws, but the it that lightweight car can get almost 300 mpg, then normal cars should be getting at lest 70-100.

    Everyone talks about the “real world” and that the car wouldn’t fare in a crash. In the real world most people don’t need to be driving SUVs. Not too mention that it is the design of the car, and not just how big and heavy it is that determines the damage in a wreck.

  • http://www.highperformancejdm.com Nick

    There are a lot of issues with these kinds of cars. It is easy to point out all the flaws, but the it that lightweight car can get almost 300 mpg, then normal cars should be getting at lest 70-100.

    Everyone talks about the “real world” and that the car wouldn’t fare in a crash. In the real world most people don’t need to be driving SUVs. Not too mention that it is the design of the car, and not just how big and heavy it is that determines the damage in a wreck.

  • http://blog.whitesites.com Houston Web Design

    Engines can be much more efficent if tweaked. I used to have a 93 honda del sol 1.6L non VTEC. By removing the Power steering belt, and replacing the cat with a straght pipe. I was able to get 40MPG with the AC running, a full trunk, and passenger, while doing 80 MPH on a road trip. Car companies could easily make cars like this, but the management doesn’t believe that they will actually sell.

  • http://blog.whitesites.com Houston Web Design

    Engines can be much more efficent if tweaked. I used to have a 93 honda del sol 1.6L non VTEC. By removing the Power steering belt, and replacing the cat with a straght pipe. I was able to get 40MPG with the AC running, a full trunk, and passenger, while doing 80 MPH on a road trip. Car companies could easily make cars like this, but the management doesn’t believe that they will actually sell.

  • http://Excite George L.Smith

    Why aren’t these cars being mass produced and sold all over the world? It would not hurt my feelings if the oil companies and big 3 went smooth out of business

  • Edward Brown

    This looks a lot like an updated / modern version of the 1950s Messerschmidt car. See:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/220/501738415_ff9efec7e1.jpg

    for an interesting comparison.

  • Edward Brown

    This looks a lot like an updated / modern version of the 1950s Messerschmidt car. See:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/220/501738415_ff9efec7e1.jpg

    for an interesting comparison.

  • Jim Mosher

    Hi All,

    Some comments have shown concern for vehicle safety, and their well being when driving a small car such as the VW 1L. Several years ago here in Wisconsin, a SUV driver was killed by a small 400lb. motorcycle. How did it happen?

    The motorcycle lost control in a turn right in front of an SUV coming from the opposite direction. When the motorcycle crashed, it did a classic “high side” and popped back up in the air, going right through the windshield of the SUV, and killing the driver.

    It just goes to show, when it’s your turn to go, you go, so I really don’t worry about the safety of a small vehicle much. Besides, an SUV is small compared to a Semi!!

    So let’s save gas and the planet!!

    Just my $.02.

  • Jim Mosher

    Hi All,

    Some comments have shown concern for vehicle safety, and their well being when driving a small car such as the VW 1L. Several years ago here in Wisconsin, a SUV driver was killed by a small 400lb. motorcycle. How did it happen?

    The motorcycle lost control in a turn right in front of an SUV coming from the opposite direction. When the motorcycle crashed, it did a classic “high side” and popped back up in the air, going right through the windshield of the SUV, and killing the driver.

    It just goes to show, when it’s your turn to go, you go, so I really don’t worry about the safety of a small vehicle much. Besides, an SUV is small compared to a Semi!!

    So let’s save gas and the planet!!

    Just my $.02.

  • Tucker

    Aptera gets 300 mpg, and a hydrogen fuel cell gets over 10,000 mpg (equvilant), both of these beat this things fuel economy. But 285 mpg normal engine is pretty impressive, I must admit.

  • Tucker

    Aptera gets 300 mpg, and a hydrogen fuel cell gets over 10,000 mpg (equvilant), both of these beat this things fuel economy. But 285 mpg normal engine is pretty impressive, I must admit.

  • http://www.enclosedautotransport.info Enclosed Auto Transport

    I would not even care if it looked like a space ship anymore. I would drive anything if it got me 280mpg.

  • http://www.enclosedautotransport.info Enclosed Auto Transport

    I would not even care if it looked like a space ship anymore. I would drive anything if it got me 280mpg.

  • Mike

    Fuel efficient, stylish, and instant death if you crash. So I wouldn’t even think of buying one.

  • Mike

    Fuel efficient, stylish, and instant death if you crash. So I wouldn’t even think of buying one.

  • bahs

    hey shab in my opinion you would roll over a couple hundred times then you would puke and lastly the people that hit you go off into the sunset without getticaught while your ride is wrecked! Good day!

  • bahs

    hey shab in my opinion you would roll over a couple hundred times then you would puke and lastly the people that hit you go off into the sunset without getticaught while your ride is wrecked! Good day!

  • bahs

    mike,mike,mike. what should i tell you. i completly agree with you! good job!

  • bahs

    mike,mike,mike. what should i tell you. i completly agree with you! good job!

  • Lord Byron

    to all the haters… an accident on a motorcycle or scooter, how is that different than a small car? Being held in place by the restraints, or thrown into a lorry?

  • Lord Byron

    to all the haters… an accident on a motorcycle or scooter, how is that different than a small car? Being held in place by the restraints, or thrown into a lorry?

  • Mike

    Recognize any of the aerodynamic design features of this car?

    Closed lamps. Small frontal area. Blending of cabin into the rear. Flat rear panel. And the Cabin buttress extending to the rear panel to help with boundary adhesion at the rear. Wide in the front, narrow in the rear.

    Where have I seen this before? Hmmm.

    Oh, I remember, the Citroen DS & SM. So at least we know where their aero features came from; 35 year-old aero research.

    With credit to VW; add modern materials and other improvements and now we have this result. I suspect that carbon fiber monocoque is pretty strong.

  • Mike

    Recognize any of the aerodynamic design features of this car?

    Closed lamps. Small frontal area. Blending of cabin into the rear. Flat rear panel. And the Cabin buttress extending to the rear panel to help with boundary adhesion at the rear. Wide in the front, narrow in the rear.

    Where have I seen this before? Hmmm.

    Oh, I remember, the Citroen DS & SM. So at least we know where their aero features came from; 35 year-old aero research.

    With credit to VW; add modern materials and other improvements and now we have this result. I suspect that carbon fiber monocoque is pretty strong.

  • Mike

    With respect to crash worthiness: the carbon fiber tub is likely to be as strong as those used in racing vehicles. I have seen numerous crashes where the tub was all that remained with energy being dissipated by the components that shear off.

    If the design is proper the car will be unrepairable, shedding bits outside the tub to dissipate energy. It is very likely that it would function like the safety pod is an F1 car, hydroplane, or other carbon monocoque designs.

  • Mike

    With respect to crash worthiness: the carbon fiber tub is likely to be as strong as those used in racing vehicles. I have seen numerous crashes where the tub was all that remained with energy being dissipated by the components that shear off.

    If the design is proper the car will be unrepairable, shedding bits outside the tub to dissipate energy. It is very likely that it would function like the safety pod is an F1 car, hydroplane, or other carbon monocoque designs.

  • http://gas2.org Ken Capulli

    Very cool, however, until they can design a vehicle that fits a couple of kids, a Golden Retriever, and a weeks worth of groceries, these type of cars will be only for the neighborhood eccentric!

  • http://gas2.org Ken Capulli

    Very cool, however, until they can design a vehicle that fits a couple of kids, a Golden Retriever, and a weeks worth of groceries, these type of cars will be only for the neighborhood eccentric!

  • http://habbo.com rudy

    this is a cool car if everyone had this car it would help the earth 120 percent yay i wish i had this car

  • http://habbo.com rudy

    this is a cool car if everyone had this car it would help the earth 120 percent yay i wish i had this car

  • http://habbo.com rudy

    I AM SO SEXY BECUZ I HAVE THIS CAR NOW SO I AM WAY COOLER THAN ANYONE ELSE THEY ARE VERY SMALL THOUGH SO IT SUCKS I WANT ONE THAT CAN CARRY 2 BORDER COLLIES

  • http://habbo.com rudy

    I AM SO SEXY BECUZ I HAVE THIS CAR NOW SO I AM WAY COOLER THAN ANYONE ELSE THEY ARE VERY SMALL THOUGH SO IT SUCKS I WANT ONE THAT CAN CARRY 2 BORDER COLLIES

  • http://racedemon.bebo.com Racedemon

    id love one of these, BUT i reckon you could still improve it what size engine is it?, and how much power do those video screens need off the alternator?, a 150cc v-twin (300cc v4?) diesel would be good with a cvt transmision.

    i think a hybrid version would be good, regenerative braking when going down hills and then using the motor on half the time…good milage, cover it in solar panels and omg its expensive but…you know:)

  • http://racedemon.bebo.com Racedemon

    id love one of these, BUT i reckon you could still improve it what size engine is it?, and how much power do those video screens need off the alternator?, a 150cc v-twin (300cc v4?) diesel would be good with a cvt transmision.

    i think a hybrid version would be good, regenerative braking when going down hills and then using the motor on half the time…good milage, cover it in solar panels and omg its expensive but…you know:)

  • Victor Sindoni

    It sounds to good to be true, I dont think it will ever be mass produced, Know why? Big oil will not permit it , Money talks in this world….

  • Victor Sindoni

    It sounds to good to be true, I dont think it will ever be mass produced, Know why? Big oil will not permit it , Money talks in this world….

  • http://google Victor Sindoni

    I dont think these type of autos will ever be mass produced, Big oil will never allow it to happen.

    Money talks in this world, Big oil have deep pockets.

  • Tropicalbob

    You ever notice how great concept cars never hit the road for production?

  • Tropicalbob

    You ever notice how great concept cars never hit the road for production?

  • EugeneB

    Great concept. Just as with any engineering effort, there are many trade-offs, especially for something highly optimized for a narrow application.

    For most users, fuel economy is not the primary priority. Seating capacity, cargo capacity, cost, and safety would be higher priorities for most people. I would certainly sacrifice substantial efficiency to keep my kids safe.

    I wonder if they could do a “sandwich” crash test for these cars? How about a T-bone crash at 50 mph/80 kph? With so many light weight cars popping up, a strong side wind on icy roads would also be an interesting test.

  • EugeneB

    Great concept. Just as with any engineering effort, there are many trade-offs, especially for something highly optimized for a narrow application.

    For most users, fuel economy is not the primary priority. Seating capacity, cargo capacity, cost, and safety would be higher priorities for most people. I would certainly sacrifice substantial efficiency to keep my kids safe.

    I wonder if they could do a “sandwich” crash test for these cars? How about a T-bone crash at 50 mph/80 kph? With so many light weight cars popping up, a strong side wind on icy roads would also be an interesting test.

  • http://gas2.0 bob

    if you replaced the cylinders in a car with magnets one with constant polarity and one with a changing polarity(dedicated chip) and with a dedicated Generator for ea magnet or set of magnets would produce enough force for attraction and repulsion.Unlike a gas which only uses the explosion for force.Two way force i call it.This way more than one cylinder can be attracting or repulsing at the same time!The engine does not have to be metal and there is no need for a cooling system,So no radiator as well.The weight cut is tremendous.I cant see why this would not work!!Bob Conner

  • Boghos L. Artinian MD

    Any given car will get its highest possible fuel efficiency by driving it at around 85 Km/hour without ever braking. Driven in such a manner,It will even beat the best hybrid in its class. So we need only capture the energy lost in braking with a generator-motor and a device more efficient and lighter than a bulky battery- a capacitor that will re-accelerate it to cruising speed after each braking. We need not store energy as much as a battery does with just 30% efficiency.

  • Boghos L. Artinian MD

    Any given car will get its highest possible fuel efficiency by driving it at around 85 Km/hour without ever braking. Driven in such a manner,It will even beat the best hybrid in its class. So we need only capture the energy lost in braking with a generator-motor and a device more efficient and lighter than a bulky battery- a capacitor that will re-accelerate it to cruising speed after each braking. We need not store energy as much as a battery does with just 30% efficiency.

  • http://aol Tightwad

    If you die in it, they can just bury the whole thing, saving the need for a casket.

  • Mark Roth

    Give me the ’64 Beetle in the current ads with a redesigned 1200 cc engine, including electric fans over the jugs, electronic ignition and fuel injection. My guess is 60 mpg would be easy to obtain. If I recall, the last Bugs from Mexico were less than $10k. Sign me up for two. My last ’64 ran over 250,000 miles. That’s what the people REALLY want.

  • Mark Roth

    Give me the ’64 Beetle in the current ads with a redesigned 1200 cc engine, including electric fans over the jugs, electronic ignition and fuel injection. My guess is 60 mpg would be easy to obtain. If I recall, the last Bugs from Mexico were less than $10k. Sign me up for two. My last ’64 ran over 250,000 miles. That’s what the people REALLY want.

  • Bob

    I e-mailed VW and told them I would buy 10 if they imported it to the US for the price quote for China which was equivalent to $600 dollars. As for safety; I would say it would be a lot safer than a motorcycle, as you are enclosed in a cabin and have restraint. If a train or 18 wheeler hits you in a Hummer, you are probably just as dead as in one of these little cars.

  • Bob

    I e-mailed VW and told them I would buy 10 if they imported it to the US for the price quote for China which was equivalent to $600 dollars. As for safety; I would say it would be a lot safer than a motorcycle, as you are enclosed in a cabin and have restraint. If a train or 18 wheeler hits you in a Hummer, you are probably just as dead as in one of these little cars.

  • Marco

    Sandy- I believe they were referring to British miles, not American

  • Marco

    Sandy- I believe they were referring to British miles, not American

  • Tyler

    Ok I’m a high school student that is researching this car but there are still some things that i still want to know. What is the estimated price? How safe is it? When in 2010 will it be available?

  • Tyler

    Ok I’m a high school student that is researching this car but there are still some things that i still want to know. What is the estimated price? How safe is it? When in 2010 will it be available?

  • http://none mel duplantis

    Let me know when this 285 mpg car is available and I will buy one or two.

  • Mike Roessler

    Think about how uncomfortable it would be to drive one of these. There is no room to move. It is so small that I bet if a Semi drove past it it would probably fly off the road. I wouldn’t mind the gas milage, but wouldn’t feel comfortable driving it.

  • Mike Roessler

    Think about how uncomfortable it would be to drive one of these. There is no room to move. It is so small that I bet if a Semi drove past it it would probably fly off the road. I wouldn’t mind the gas milage, but wouldn’t feel comfortable driving it.

  • http://google.com jo

    this car sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://google.com jo

    this car sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.fuelmileage.com Jordan Cherrington

    This is sweet! They need to do a real world fuel mileage test on FuelMileage.com so it will be at the top of the list.

  • http://www.fuelmileage.com Jordan Cherrington

    This is sweet! They need to do a real world fuel mileage test on FuelMileage.com so it will be at the top of the list.

  • Rachel

    how fast does it go?

  • Rachel

    how fast does it go?

  • gabrielle

    man in i were in one of those on the highway i would be nerves… what if we crash and what chance do -all 2 of us- have to survive???? (a pretty dang slim chance)

  • gabrielle

    man in i were in one of those on the highway i would be nerves… what if we crash and what chance do -all 2 of us- have to survive???? (a pretty dang slim chance)

  • vin

    does it have 2 be this ugly?

  • vin

    does it have 2 be this ugly?

  • http://www.auto-my.ro auto hibride

    It is the great car that i ever see. I look for something like this for a long time. And it is VW, my special mark.

    • http://Web Celebrim

      This isn’t a car. It’s a motorcycle with a full body fairing. While it’s a good transportation concept, it should mitigate how wow’d we are by the numbers given that there are several motorcycles made with less experimental technology that get 60-70 mpg.

  • http://Web Ninth Stage

    100km/liter is 235 miles per gallon not 285

    • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ NeilBlanchard

      It actually got 0.89L/100km if I recall correctly, so that translates to the 285mpg.

      Neil

  • http://Web Jim R.

    I wonder how the technology scales? A 1,300 lb car that got +100 mpg would be awesome.

  • http://charterbusperth.com.au/ Optional Mini Bus Charter

    The 1L car is coming out this 2010. And I didn’t realize the side mirrors could create so much drag!

  • http://Web Trevor

    OMG they have to release this!!!! I need one!!

  • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ NeilBlanchard

    Did Gas 2.0 do a follow up article on the newer version of this car?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH5CGQmJ–E

    It is now a hybrid, and it is faster, and a lot less expensive to make, and it “only” gets ~170mpg, if I recall correctly. And it is better looking, too.

    Sincerely, Neil

  • http://Web DG-America

    This is what NEEDS to be built for America. Not a round bubble, looks cool. Sell it here…in America, I’ll be in line to buy one..NOW!

  • http://Web Helen Slagel

    where can i buy one of these cars and how much do they cost?

  • http://Web subrot0

    Why did it take so long to develop a diesel hybrid car? It seems that this would be a no brainer. But it is good to see that the Teutons are still good at engineering.

  • http://Web i would buy one. Dale Menner

    finally someone is serious about fuel economy. Vunderbar .

  • http://Web Nick

    I would love to buy one car like this tomorrow and maybe one for my wife too . This is the car that I need it for my job .

  • http://yrihf.com John Bailo

    It would be like driving a luge.

  • http://Web memyselfandi

    Why stop here? Imagine what the fuel efficiency would be if this design and materials were put into a moped!

  • http://None Drtbrooks

    Put it into production if it can 200 kg total passenger and baggage weight

  • http://Web FrankC

    OK…i want one…what is the real problem with production?…

  • http://Web Byron R. Bowen

    WE do want and need this all electric car. The Aptera also.

    It would be a great help if the inventors would post the kind of motor and transmission they use in the electric car:

    Q. Is it a DC motor?
    Q. Is the transmission available on the market?
    Q. Is it a belt driven transaxle?
    Q. The patent protects the inventor and manufacturer so why not develop the learning materials and sell text books?

    This would save the current researchers the trouble of trying to do what has already been done.

    Q. For Hybrid manufacturers___ Why not use lead acid zinc car or storage batteries which can be charged at home and in a matter of minutes for nothing? Why the scams to build electric service stations?

  • http://Web Nicholas Oswald

    Why are we not using this?????

  • http://Web Meyer

    O thats crazy i didnt read it but the pics are kul

  • http://Web joe

    what is top speed

    • flipper

      1 mph

  • http://Web walter wright

    Where and how can we order the 285MPG VW?
    I want it.

  • http://Web Nick Reynolds

    Looks like a modern down-sized version of Fuller’s Dymaxion Car . . . very nice! I’d buy one or maybe I’ll build one.

  • http://Web Rashomon

    After finding fundamental errors in two of your day’s top stories, I wonder why I should trust you on anything. Because the VW pictured above is very much a plug-in hybrid, and the 280 mpg figure relies on the use of the initial pack charge. Actual mileage not counting the plug-in component appears to be 110-120 mpg, extremely good but not quite as impressive as the big

  • http://Web CARROLL HOSKINS

    RIGHT ON FOR THE APTERA HYBRID ITS ABOUT TIME. ONE WITH PAZAAAAAZ

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  • http://Web Filippo

    Why the hell you do a car so fast and light, in carbon fibre, which will cost a huge amount of money? Why don’t you just do a fuel efficient car which doesn’t go so fast, not in carbon fibre. It will use maybe 5 litres/100 km which is still very good! This way nobody will buy it and you will keep saying “Eh….there’s no market for this type of cars”
    Idiots!!

  • http://Web poorva shrivastava

    i am working on a more fuel effecient engine.you engineers!

    • http://Web Scott Lindner

      Not Safe…..duh

  • http://www.pariurionline24.ro Pariuri Online

    The future is represented by the electric cars for only 1 person.

  • http://Web sherry

    I would like to purchase this car…where can I buy one? Cooooooooooooooooool!

  • http://Web robert goodwin

    When willl the cars be available ?

    • http://Web Roguewave

      Bubble canopy w/o air-conditioning = quick and painful death where I live. 180+ degrees in minutes.

      This vehicle is an exercise in irrational stupidity. A side collision will be spectacularly gruesome in outcome for the occupants while weight-savings eliminate all side intrusion bars and such. No modern state certification standards would allow this thing near a public road, and rightfully so.

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  • http://Web Titus Savage

    The title is wrong. The most fuel efficient car is actualy a hybrid, and it gets 2,757.1 MPG look it up.

    • http://Web Doug

      Ya that might be true.. yet you do see this story is how old? ya.. dumb ass it’s over 3 years old and I’m sure there have been advancements

  • http://Web MerlinV12

    It’s just a reborn Messerschmitt with a carbon fibre body and a little bitty Diesel. Nothing is new.

  • http://wwwwwww bruno di gioia

    There is no political courage to “flip the pancake”, electric car is an idiotic solution so THEY PROMOTE IT, civil nuclear is dangerous and deadly so THEY GO FOR IT garbage disposal is THE SOLUTION to fossil so THEY BLOCK THE HAPPENING OF PCG TECHNO.

    This car could very well be onthe road for 15.000 $ even less.
    1-Put into industrialisation the carbon fiber process developed by ORNL
    2-Make the 7 major world oil corp. stop their miserable acting against any new technology emergence.
    3-Give EPA the power to plow & curb the lobbies that resist general interest to protect their private interests.

    Make the like of Tea Party illegal. Goog luck Mister President for 2012 You “almost got there” by december 31 ! Lets hope or bet that Supreme Court is “really independent” ?

  • http://bsnl Anil B.Nair

    I salute!

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  • http://Web Wat Theravuthi

    At present we really need a car not that efficient 285 MPG if we can have a car half of this target efficiency the world will be very happy for now.

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  • http://Web Greg

    So 2010 has come and gone. Where is it?

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  • john stevens

    You think the greedy oil companies and greedy government with gasoline taxes would actually allow this car to be produced? lol… only in your dreams

  • justin

    not the most stylish, but excellent for city driving…what is the horsepower and torque on this beast?

  • Dale Kaup

    We’ve all heard the calls lately for improved CAFE standards and it sounds good. We’d all like to be able to reduce our personal cost for driving as well as reduce our nation’s and our planet’s dependency on petroleum. The problem is the proposed CAFE standards (along with E85 capable vehicles) are a feel good measure that actually gives vehicle manufacturers license to produce more, not less, large gas guzzling vehicles.

    Lets do the math. Take 2 cars that each are relatively safe and get 30 mpg each such as the Chevy Impala. The pair of them driving 1000 miles would consume 1000/30 x 2 gallons of gas or 66 gallons of gas. Now lets take a pair of vehicles that together average 30 mpg. I’ll use a hypothetical 12 mpg vehicle (think Hummer) to average 30 mpg we’ll pair it with a 48 mpg Honda Civic (48 +12 = 60 / 2 = 30). Over the course of 1000 miles the Hummer will consume just over 83 gallons of gas. So there’s no need to even calculate the Civic’s mileage. Even if it ran on sunshine nothing it could do could offset the Hummer’s terrible mileage. By itself it consumed more than a pair of Impala’s so the idea that somehow we can offset to achieve a goal of reducing gas consumption doesn’t even come close to passing the “back of napkin” test.
    Another real problem with CAFE standards is that in order to get these offsets car manufacturers need to get us to buy ultra efficient cars. This is how we got the Geo Metro a few years back. So instead of having vehicles of similar sizes on the road we have lots of cars at the extremes. This leads to a partially correct view that small cars are dangerous. They don’t have to be, but when built with ultra high MPG as the main goal, they are too small to stand up to a high speed collision with a large or medium size vehicle. This perception of small cars as dangerous leads more people to buy large vehicles “to be safe”. This increases the danger to those occupants of the smallest cars and increases the danger to the occupants of the large SUV who otherwise might be in something more sensible such as an Impala. The Impala is safer than the Hummer because it doesn’t roll over as easily AND people in Impalas are more likely to wear their safety belts.
    CAFE standards that allow averaging simple MPG numbers rather than averaging gallons of gas consumed lead to unintended consequences that we can’t live with.

  • kenny lynch

    I agree with the guy that said that the big oil companies woun’t let this happen

  • flipper

    How much does it cost and were can i get one

  • Tobias

    What I find sad is how much the US is being cheated. being told that the cars in the US have the worlds best MPG.
    I own a Skoda Octavia. 2007 1.9 TDI that is turbo diesel car I get 48mpg not trying to save fuel working my car and gunning it.
    Please look at below links to see what the US government does not want you to have because it gets to good of MPG and the US big 3 can not even come close or does not want to. Because the oil company want you wasting as much gas as you can. This is the new hybrids

    you may not like the look but they do better on MPG

    Skoda Superb GreenLine II 1.6 TDI CR
    Fuel consumption: 64.2 mpg

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/road-tests/skoda-superb-greenline-ii-16-tdi-cr-2266613.html

    Skoda Octavia Greenline Estate
    Fuel economy combined: 64.2 mpg

    http://www.carpages.co.uk/skoda/skoda-octavia-greenline-review-part-1-15-09-11.asp

    The sad thing is when you ask search best MPG online you find things like below trying to tell you the best Hybrids is the to Toyota
    The 2012 Toyota Prius gets 51 MPG in the City thanks to the electric motor and 48 MPG on the Highway.

    http://www.autobytel.com/hybrid-cars/car-buying-guides/the-5-best-40-mpg-cars-for-2012-103912/

  • Bumper

    If you polish a turd you have a shinny VW like that one.

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