Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle

The third car to emerge from VW’s efficient vehicle study program, the XL1 is a hybrid using an 800cc TDI two-cylinder diesel engine of 47bhp linked to a 27bhp electric motor.

The modest 74bhp total is compensated by the mere 795kg weight of the car, thanks to much of it being built in carbon fibre.

A seven-speed DSG gearbox is fitted and the electric motor can power the car alone for up to 22 miles before the diesel engine cuts in.

The car offers 0-62mph times of 11.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 99mph. The eco figures are likely to be of most interest, however, VW quoting combined cycle fuel economy of 313mpg and CO2 emissions of just 24g/km.

The XL1 is visually striking in terms of styling. But just as much of the prototype’s shape was determined in the wind tunnel as it was on a designers sketchpad. All of the attention in the wind tunnel was towards reducing the drag (Cd) on the car as it moves through the air. Less drag translates to more efficiency. As a comparison, the aerodynamic drag of the XL1 is 2.5 times lower than a current model Golf.

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