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
As ever with the truly brilliant, the XL-1 started out as the peculiar obsession of a clever man with resources. Way back in 2000, Professor Dr Ferdinand Piëch - Veyron parent and chairman of the supervisory board of VW AG - decided that he wanted to produce a car that managed 282mpg. Seems like a random outrageous number, until you convert it into metric and find that it refers to a vehicle that consumes just one litre of fuel per 100km. First, there was the one-litre car of 2002 - an ultra-narrow, single-seat pod that looked about as practical as a motivated coffin. Then came the L1 Concept in 2009, which had tandem seating in a still-skinny body. And now we have the production XL-1 - a two seat, sort of practical car that manages to be both spectacular and thoughtful at the same time.