The Volkswagen XL1 has been in the works for a decade. It gets 62 miles on only one liter of fuel, and it's a looker to boot: it's sleek, futuristic and just unique enough to be, dare we say it, one of the most exciting production cars we've seen in awhile. The car will have its official unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month, but here are some production details about this two-seater from Jalopnik:
The CFRP monocoque is produced by a supplier in Austria using the RTM process, which is the way carbon fiber components can be mass produced. The body is built without doors or lids, while individual CFRP components are joined to one another in the body shell frame by gluing. The two wing doors are produced in a separate production stage including their crash reinforcements, since high precision is needed as carbon elements cannot be reshaped afterwards.
After all of the parts are fitted together, 32 exterior skin parts are painted on the XL1. The paint and resin layer are a whopping 50 percent lighter than what's normally used. Inside, a matte grey color is painted and a clear paint is used on any visible carbon fiber. The prefab floor, with drive unit and suspension, is then connected to the body and "all of the individual cockpit parts are mounted inside the vehicle superstructure."
After assembly of the drive unit, the 0.125 inch thick windscreen is installed. The wing doors are reinstalled with their exact positions and alignments already set earlier. The XL1 gets its bonnet and magnesium wheels. But playing with the doors is not over. After installing the painted door and integrating the window mechanisms, special assembly fixtures are used to glue the polymer side windows into place. When the reversing cameras are placed in their housings, the XL1 is ready for its first start.
The XL1 only weighs 1,741 pounds, and it can go 0 to 60 mph in 12.7 seconds. The engine is a 47 hp, two cylinder diesel that's linked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, plus a 27 hp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.
Rumor has it that this Volkswagen will be in the six figure range, so there probably won't be too many of them on the road. On the other hand, at 261 miles per gallon, you'll be making up the difference in fuel savings pretty darn quick.
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