View Full Version : 261 mpg on a gallon of diesel fuel? Is it possible? VW plans to obtain it!

02-21-2013, 07:29 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if a luxury coach manufacturer got down to business and created something on the behemoth scale to do much better than they are? I truly believe it's much more obtainable but not profitable for the oil gurus of the world. Not everyone is selling out and Volkswagen is a prime example.

Eleven years ago, the head of Volkswagen popped out of a capsule-shaped vehicle barely able to hold two people and announced his ambition to construct the most efficient car the world has ever seen. Today, VW revealed the production version of that car known as the XL1, which it vows will travel 261 mpg on a gallon of diesel fuel. It's an amazing engineering feat, a Beetle reborn for the 22nd century — but the world may not be ready for it.

Now look at the real deal!

02-21-2013, 09:01 PM
I got an email several years ago about a Ford that was going to be announced at the November European auto show that they were predicting would get 80mpg. I remembered the email the next December, so I went online to see if it really was true. Turns out by November it was getting closer to 85mpg and they were for sale in Europe but not the US. The the VP of Marketing for Ford in the US determined that there wouldn't be a big enough demand to bother importing them. I went to the Ford UK website and configured one with every option available and it came to just over $22k.

02-22-2013, 11:47 AM
I doubt any of us will live long enough to see any vehicle like this reach the market. In 1974 an attorney, in the office next to mine, introduced a carburetor that tested out at close to 100mpg and made local headlines for about a week. Shortly thereafter he supposedly moved to a west indies island and we never heard another word about the "invention" or him again.

Some things just aren't meant to be, just saying!

02-22-2013, 02:00 PM
I understand what you mean Larry and remember hearing all about this carburetor in fact didn't come out in Popular Science? Can you only imagine what the prominent global powers can get away with now?

02-23-2013, 01:30 PM
yes it was mentioned in Popular Science as I remember it. I'd prefer not to mess with the "Global Powers" , they seem to be a little ruthless at times! I'll just enjoy my 7mpg in my Newell enjoying life. I can drive as little or as much as I want and then park almost anywhere and relax in my home away from home. As they say, "living the dream"

Jack Fouts
03-20-2013, 06:17 PM
While I was researching this vehicle I ran across a video from 2011.


Thanks again for the help Erica.

Will Procter
03-20-2013, 06:36 PM
Knowing what can be accomplished with auto diesel engines I have to wonder what could actually be done with large diesel engines. I'm sure more than 7 MPG can be achieved. Why not 15-20MPG?