• Oct 13th 2007 at 9:16AM
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A few years ago Volkswagen showed off a tiny tandem two seat streamliner dubbed the 1-liter car. The name came from the fuel consumption of 1 L/100km or 235 mpg. While at the time no one seriously expected this to be put in production. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn has now confirmed that a plastic and magnesium super mini would indeed by built in limited numbers by 2010. The car will be powered by a 300cc single cylinder engine yielding a top speed of 75 mph.

[Source: Motor Authority]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I already have my order in at Aptera, but I might have to rethink that if VW put this on the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Magnesium is not in common use because it is still significantly more expensive than aluminum, which is only now finding some mass production applications.

      I think using a .3l diesel (guess at 10 hp 15 #-ft) and a conventional drive train this thing will be too slow to drive. For a mileage champ that has enough acceleration to merge onto a highway, I think some flavor of hybrid would be necessary.

      Like other posters, I think crash-worthiness will be a major issue if they want to keep their weight low.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a jet fighter cockpit for the greenhouse. I wonder how it opens up?

      I'll believe it when I see it, but while 200+ mpg is a bit much for me to believe, I can believe that thing'd get great mileage. I'd want to see the crash test results though.

      Magnesium IIRC was used in some cars here and there, but never seriously. Someone with more knowledge on the subject would have to explain why it's not more common though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They better be in limited production (very limited). Tiny, cramped, bubble-cockpit means you feel like a bug under a magnifying glass, so small it will be a deathtrap (assuming you can ever get up to speed). Experiments like this will appeal to those wanting to feel smug, but not many intelligent people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm guessing only the Euro market will see this. Plastic and Magnesium sounds a bit expensive, still, 200+mpg?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It has bin done before 1958 Messerschmitt TG 500
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand why this has never been done before.

      There are plenty of folks who could get by with a 1+1. And the opportunity for significant weight savings and aerodynamic efficiency are obvious.
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