VW XL1: first drive
Wondering what the future of motoring looks like? Just take a gander at the 313mpg VW XL1
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
It is a gorgeous-looking thing. Just 389cm long and 118cm tall, the XL1 has a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) monocoque body and it weighs about the same as an original Mark 1 Golf. Wheel spats, scissor doors and television cameras (pictured) instead of wing mirrors help create an impression of something designed by Gerry Anderson for Thunderbirds. Aluminium subframes absorb crash forces, and it even has F1-style wheel claws so the wheels absorb crash stresses rather than fall off.