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Stan 03-04-2008 05:03 PM

Toyota 1/X 150 mpg concept car
It weighs less than 1000 lbs, seats 4 with as much room and the same acceleration as a Prius, and gets 150 mpg. What's not to like about it?

Toyota 1/X

Daox 03-04-2008 05:06 PM

You won't like the price. This is due to the massive amounts of carbon fiber used to keep the weight down.

Not trying to bash the car. The mileage is simply amazing. Its just not going to happen though.

johnpr 03-04-2008 05:42 PM

interesting, kinda neat, wouldnt mind one but not to sure i would actually make the move to buy one..... im more interested in electric cars right now, but that is still impressive

Stan 03-04-2008 05:50 PM

Yeah, it's true that cf is much more expensive per pound than steel, but the trade-off is that the 1/X uses a lot fewer pounds... :)

OTOH, concept cars are just that ... concepts to get the creative juices running. It will be interesting to see how much of the 1/X's technology makes it into production hybrids in the coming years.

cfg83 03-04-2008 07:58 PM

Hello -

This is just what Amory Lovins has been squaking about for the last 10 years :

What is a Hypercar Vehicle?

That dovetailed into a carbon-fiber composites company :

At Fiberforge we make advanced-composites affordable for today's leading manufacturers!

The way I see it, it will "creep up" into different auto industry components. The whole auto won't be fiber, but maybe the heaviest parts will be replaced over time.


oldschool 03-05-2008 06:43 AM

Our company has a carbon fiber division; we had a short run making carbon fiber hoods for Gm's corvette, but it didn't pan out well for either of us. From what I hear the stuff is hard to work with in a production situation. I hope the situation changes.

H4MM3R 03-05-2008 06:03 PM

Nice car. The front end is all lit up!

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