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the dawn of the combustion age, car nuts have disdained gas as the obsession of the weak-minded and unskilled; no bigger punchline in the business the Toyota Prius. The success of the Model S has begun to change the but when it comes to supercars, and more powerful roughly better, while efficiency dismissed with prejudice.

the Volkswagen XL1 may be the transformative alternative-energy the one that finally arouses the car from his gas-hungry stupor. The XL1 is a conception of a car, a German dream of hyper-miling. It contains no joy or spirit, just lots of stripped-down design details, an of movement and MPG that gets an of 262 mpg.

This is ze car we’ve waiting for.

The XL-1 have a rear-view mirror, makes sense, since it doesn’t have a rear Other things not present in car: Wheels thicker a street bike’s, a backseat, or any of wind resistance. It has a drag of 0.189, which, if you’re not score, is almost impossibly less that your bumblebee’s.

Because of this, its engineers the XL1 can glide at reasonable speed on the using only eight

Now that I’ve actually the XL1 on the highway, I don’t doubt it. The is so compact and thin I’m surprised didn’t just slip it my hotel-room door along my departure notice. The XL1 looks a Blade Runner hovercar and like something from Autopia, but without the attendant Though it has an “S” mode, which means “sport,” you’d be to detect such a function in the “This,” one of its engineers told me in last week, “was not the of our development.”

The XL1 represents the car as blue-ribbon fair project. But unlike megacars, which are built to speed and power, this more than ten years and of a billion dollars in the designing, not one centimeter of wasted space or The engineers eliminated power because it would have 10 kilograms. For maximum lightness, the of its body and chassis is comprised of a molded carbon-fiber monocoque.

The wheels get wrapped in custom-light rubber. The windows lower hand cranks. There’s no — the sound system wraps the Garmin GPS — and no place to plug in smartphone, because Bluetooth is

All of this results in a car that 1,753 lbs. Under its hatch lies a two-cylinder that generates 47 hp, which have been fairly in 1960, much less in the era the average Hyundai generates up to 200 hp. The XL1 has a electric battery, which can it about 31 miles on its own, up to 62

It can fully recharge, Volkswagen in an hour and a half. The maximum overall, using the full drivetrain, is 94 mph. There’s a fuel tank, which the XL1 achieve a total range of 310 — since it can’t be run at maximum all of the time.

The car is a design marvel, a front that looks as and modern as a Mercedes S-class, and a that doesn’t so much off as disappear into the void. the rear wheels are hidden by coverings, making it look the car is balancing entirely on its forelegs. viewed from the rear, XL1 is and beautiful, a shiny metal or maybe a super suppository.

In true supercar fashion, the open in dramatic gull-wing making the XL1 look like a drone. When both are up, the cockpit manifests dramatically, a robot Easter egg. The opens with less but contains a nifty-looking carbon-fiber XL1 and enough cargo space to a small weekend bag.

the seats are high-end canvas, appreciably cool and sporty. else is streamlined and light. The wheel has a flat bottom, a race car’s, or at least a simulator’s.

In general, “simulated” is the way to describe the way the XL-1 drives.

To the car has no rear-view mirror. It also have side mirrors, the engineers replaced to reduce In their place are side-mounted meaning that when you the car, you have to watch two feeds at once at once to not monitor your blind but every spot. “We are convinced the side cameras are enough,” an told me. “It’s difficult you first start but you get used to

I must respectfully dissent. The other quirks, like the sound of the carbon-disc brakes, the growly noises the engine in diesel mode, and the lack of steering, not to mention the raw, low feel of the ride — those I get used to. It’s what expect out of a hyper-miled car. You to sacrifice a little comfort and

But for a car you need to drive yourself, one contains no lane-departure warnings or modern safety features, not a rear-view mirror is just

This wasn’t a carnival or a test-track. I took the XL1 into traffic, in a foreign country, in the of the afternoon, and it was terrifying. Trying to the steering wheel was hard though I figured it out after a Also, I drive a lot of hybrids, so I find the lack of pickup in the XL1


But I did find it hard to enjoy the that I was getting the best gas of all time because I could not see behind me. You try that sometime.

I hit the highway, things got better. The XL1 was better to drive at higher It got up to 140 kmh in due time, and held its speed trouble. Sure enough, I feel the glide. It was almost

These kinds of cars are to be better in the city, but this one felt like a cross-country tireless, with hidden Also, there wasn’t as traffic, so it removed a certain of panic from the experience.

at a lecture about the car, one of the said, “There are technology who say the XL1 is perfect, but others who say it’s not enough yet.” I’m not sure I fall on that scale, I’m also not sure that the XL1 exists outside of an R D concept.

has made 50 of them so far. using a few for test-driving, and the rest are in the hands of fortunate Eurozone who won an essay contest about energy and urban design. The VW says, is to manufacture about 250 but they won’t say whether plan to sell or less won’t say exactly when, and give an idea about how they’re going to cost.

It’s only going to be though; residents of North will either have to a rarity in the wild or see one in a museum in the

There’s also no indication of extraordinary XL1 related tech, than the two-cylinder hybrid already in use in VW’s Up! budget will appear in other group cars. I suspect the XL1’s brave new ground in intake will affect how we in the future, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see creep as the public begins to clamor for more monocoque. In the hopefully, more cars be small and weird and cool and and awesome and really fuel-efficient.

just hope they rear-view mirrors.

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