The Volkswagen XL1, first unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show in 2011 as Volkswagens vision for the future and is now set to be reality, with Volkswagen confirming and initial production run of 200 examples.
The XL1 from Volkswagen is the world’s most fuel efficient, CO2 efficient and aerodynamic road going production car. The impressive performance and efficiency of the XL1 is down to its lightweight construction and innovative engine, all of which allow it to be driven for up to 50 kilometres in pure electric mode and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds when the full power of the hybrid system is engaged.
To make the XL1 as light as possible, Volkswagen develop a new way to manufacture the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) parts on the car called the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process. In total just 23.2 per cent of the car (184 kg) is made out of either steel or iron, with the XL1 weighing 795 kg.
The futuristic styling of the XL1 takes inspiration from the 1-Litre car (2002) and the L1 concept (2009). The aerodynamic design features a wide front grille, with the car narrowing towards the rear, where the lines optimally conform to the air flow over the car body to reduce the aerodynamic drag.
The XL1 features staggered seating with the driver and passenger placed next to each other in a body structure made from advanced new materials providing immense strength yet weighing just 230 kg.