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Goodwood 2014: Volkswagen XL1 by randomlurker Goodwood 2014: Volkswagen XL1 by randomlurker
Goodwood's 'First Look' run is usually populated by impressive sportscars and design concepts, but this year it also played host to the VW XL1, which is impressive for other reasons that sheer speed. Sure, it looks futuristic and quirky, and under that bodyshell is a work of high-tech engineering, coupling a diesel engine to an electric motor to create a lightweight diesel-electric plug-in hybrid that can manage 313mpg for some seriously economical driving. Of course, it won't be smashing any speed records with that level of performance and, with a price rumoured to be not too far shy of £100,000, it's not for the average driver, but the technologies developed here will slowly make their way into the next generation of economical cars and could prove to be very important to the future of the planet. And, in the meantime, we have this funky looking spaceship to enjoy!
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RDSyafriyar2000 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016
It looks like a blend between a 70's / 80's futuristic concept car and modern production car. Awesome.
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randomlurker Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
All we need is a bit of neon blue down the sides and it's virtually Tron-ready!
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Doran-Eirok Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technological test bed cars like this are always interesting to see, though I don't think they've often looked this awesome. Really nice motion shot of it here!
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randomlurker Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, glad you like it! Very rarely do technological test bed cars make it to production, so it's nice to see one that will, especially one that is potentially so important for the industry going forward, probably near par with hydrogen technology.
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Doran-Eirok Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely. VW seem to do a neat thing; their engineering isn't always the most radical and pushing the limits with completely new technologies, but they're wizards at looking at the technology we already have that's tried and tested and refining it to be about the best it can be.
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