The car will have its official unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month. 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. 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.