Undertoad Monday Apr 22 01:04 PM
4/22/2002: 264 MPG car
264 MPG? Yep, in a Volkswagen vehicle that's experimental but not all that far-fetched. Their goal was only 235 MPG -- or, in terms practical for their engineers, 100 km per 1 litre. And they achieved it - in the real-world conditions shown above.
The VW is extremely light, at 639 pounds, but does include ABS and driver's airbag. (There is a passenger seat - right behind the driver.) It'll even do 75 MPH (120 km/h). The gas tank carries about a gallon and a half of diesel.
The full story.
dave Monday Apr 22 01:25 PM
Most high-mileage vehicles these days don't seat too many anyway. A friend of mine has a Honda Insight - 2 guys in there, period. It's a commuter car and that's it. Great if you have to drive 140 miles every day. Other than that, you want something else.
I can definitely see a market for these things. The question, however - how safe are they?
Nic Name Monday Apr 22 02:14 PM
Originally posted by Undertoad
Looks like the Very Worst place to be in an accident.
joquarky Monday Apr 22 04:07 PM
Why is the VW the only car in this picture without it's headlights on?
Bitman Monday Apr 22 06:35 PM
So how many of the following vehicles are part of the caravan monitoring this car's progress? And what's the average KmPL when you take them into consideration? :p
For that matter, what's the KmPL when you turn the headlights on? :p
Joe Monday Apr 22 07:17 PM
those other cars are blockers
You have to protect a car that small by surrounding it with normal-sized vehicles, or it could end up stuck in the tire treads of some SUV.
sleemanj Monday Apr 22 08:58 PM
Re: 4/22/2002: 264 MPG car
Damn that's efficient, if I could get 100km/litre on my motorcycle I could do 1000km without a refuel instead of less than 200km, and that's with just me, cruising not racing, on the flat.
Originally posted by Undertoad
terms practical for their engineers, 100 km per 1 litre. And they achieved it - in the real-world conditions shown above.
Then again, it does say that they drove it to this presentation at an average 75k/hr (but at somewhat less than 1L per 100k !), which isn't exactly rocketing along (speed limit in here in NZ is 100k/hr on open road, I usually do 100k/hr if I see a cop and 115k/hr if I don't :-)).
Slight Tuesday Apr 23 04:06 AM
Please notice also that this car does not have side mirrors as they add wind resitance, and they probably are not needed because a single rearview mirror would suffice in such a small/narrow car.
bartman Tuesday Apr 23 09:17 AM
I don't think you'd want to get into an accident with one of these:
Originally posted by dhamsaic
The question, however - how safe are they?
"...the reinforced plastic outer skin conceals a space frame constructed from magnesium, which is even lighter than aluminium."
and a good deal more dangerous in the event of a fire, I might add. Remember grade 8 chemistry?
bluebomber Tuesday Apr 23 02:23 PM
I doubt they're using pure magnesium... it is most assuredly some kind of mag alloy. Check this out to see how difficult it can be to get a magnesium alloy to ignite:
Originally posted by bartman
"...a space frame constructed from magnesium..."
and a good deal more dangerous in the event of a fire, I might add.
Forgot to add: look for "Pyromania!" about two-thirds of the way down.
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