Volkswagen recently tore the veil off of its 261 MPG concept vehicle, the Formula XL-1, in Qatar. It’s the third in a line of high-mileage concepts, and apparently is product ready as VW plans to sell 100 of these vehicles.
That doesn’t mean the XL-1 won’t one day come down in price or be made en masse. Perhaps a cheaper version, made with aluminum rather than carbon fiber, could be made and sold for cheaper (cheaper being relative, of course). There’s a lot of interest in these high-mileage cars from a lot of people, so if VW can’t figure out a way to bring this concept to life and make it affordable for the masses, then they can’t be serious about becoming the world’s largest automaker either.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.