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The one liter fuel car: Volkswagen L1 Concept

By luanpa in | January 13, 2010 | Comments Off on The one liter fuel car: Volkswagen L1 Concept

Volkswagen L1 Concept is one liter of fuel with the prepared for 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, The European fuel efficiency measure of 1 liter/100 km is equivalent to 235 mpg. Volkswagen L1 Concept is capable of driving 100 kilometers on 1.49 liters of diesel fuel or 158 mpg. It doesn’t quite hit that impressive mark

Power of Volkswagen L1 Concept is supplied by a 0.8-liter diesel engine and electric motor mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The powered Plexiglass canopy shuts silently but the cabin is light and airy and there is no sense of claustrophobia. To avoid the drag of wing mirrors, small television cameras display rear views on each side of the dashboard. A lithium-ion battery supplies electricity, while regenerative braking captures energy when the car is stopping. In spite of its Lilliputian power, lightweight and a remarkable aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.195 means the L1 can achieve a top speed of 99mph, with 0-62mph acceleration in 14.3sec.

To achieve such high levels of efficiency, Volkswagen engineers focused on making the L1 as light and aerodynamic as possible. Carbon fiber skin keeps the body weight to just 273 pounds, while the whole car weighs less than 850 pounds. The L1 takes on a long and narrow shape to slip through the air, seating the two occupants one behind the other and keeping the overall height as low as a Lamborghini Murcielago. Drag has also been reduced by replacing the side mirrors with cameras and enclosing the entire underbody. Volkswagen claims the result is a remarkably low drag coefficient of just 0.195.

Volkswagen L1 Concept front view

Volkswagen L1 Concept

Volkswagen L1 Concept



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