VW XL-1: we drive the future
Tom Ford drives the 313mpg hypercar right across Britain. For about 20 pence of diesel
Posted: 03 Feb 2014
Just like the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari, it has a two-seat carbon chassis clothed in carbon body panels, a mid-mounted piston engine supplemented by a battery pack, seven speeds from a double-clutch gearbox. It has the kind of drive-by presence that makes localised camera-phone bandwidth spike alarmingly. It pushes boundaries, expands understanding, explodes with excitement. The VW XL-1 is, when it comes down to the bare lithium ions, an eco-Veyron. Yes, you could argue that 0 to 62mph in 12.3 seconds and a 99mph top end is a bit relaxed for the hypercar echelon, but maybe we just have to open up the requirements, because innovation should always be an equal-opportunities employer. And when it's wrapped up in a car that makes dogs bark, you know that clever can be cool, and efficiency doesn't have to be tedious.