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2005 Volkswagen EcoRacer Concept

2005 Volkswagen EcoRacer Concept

2005 Volkswagen EcoRacer Concept

Wolfsburg / Tokyo, 19 October 2005 – At the Tokyo Motor Show, Volkswagen presents an incredibly economic sports car. The EcoRacer’s average fuel consumption is as low as 69 mpg (29km/l) and it reaches a maximum speed of 143 mph (230 kmh).

Thanks to its carbon fiber body, this mid engine sports car weighs a mere 850 kilograms and accelerates in only 6.3 seconds to 100 km/h. EcoRacer is powered by a next generation 134 bhp (100 kw) turbo diesel engine.

Between 1900 and 3750 rpm, the 1484 cc four-valve engine develops a torque of more than 250 Newton metres. The unit is both light and compact, and conforms to the EU-5 exhaust standard. The gearbox of the turbo-diesel is the DSG double-clutch transmission.

Thanks to a removable T-bar roof and rear hatch, this makes the EcoRacer is firstly, a coupe, and secondly, a roadster with an exchangeable front windscreen. A special catch in the area of the A column can be released to allow the windscreen with frame and the upper dashboard housing to be taken off and replaced with different versions.

The body design with its new sports car front configuration, LED head and rear lights-system, solid proportions and strong lines, EcoRacer demonstrates that even very economical cars can be stylish and quick.

2005 Volkswagen EcoRacer Concept

In Detail

engine TDI Inline-4
aspiration Turbo-Diesel
valvetrain 4 Valves per Cyl
compression 17.2:1
power 100.0 kw / 134.1 bhp
body / frame CFP Bodywork over CFP Monocoque w/CFP Rear Subframe & Roll Bar
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
wheelbase 2480 mm / 97.6 in
length 3770 mm / 148.4 in
width 1740 mm / 68.5 in
height 1120 mm / 44.1 in
gear ratios :1

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