Volkswagen EcoRacer

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Volkswagen EcoRacer at the Volkswagen Museum car park.

The Volkswagen EcoRacer is a Volkswagen concept car first shown to the public at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. It was designed by Cesar Muntada, a Barcelona born designer, who previously worked in the Design Center of PSA Peugeot and of Honda. Muntada is also the acclaimed author of the successful project "Showdown", a Harley-Davidson based concept bike allotted to be made by 2020.


The EcoRacer accelerates from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 6.3 seconds. The top speed is 230 km/h (140 mph); the average fuel consumption is 3.4 liters per 100 km (70 miles per gallon).


It has a diesel powered, turbocharged internal combustion engine with a displacement of 1.5 L. Despite the small displacement, it delivers one hundred kilowatts (136 hp) with 250 N·m of torque at 1900 rpm; the engine is of the common rail type, which is more efficient and quieter than the conventional rotary pump injection systems. It is equipped with a particulate matter filter; the engine is linked to a Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) with seven gears, and is a mid mount in front of the rear axle

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The EcoRacer seats two people, and has a small luggage compartment; the body is made of carbon fibre, which resulted in a relatively low weight of 850 kilograms (approximately 1875 lb). It is 3.765 meters (148.2 inches) long with a wheelbase of 2.48 meters (98 inches). The car is a veritable transformer, with three modes: coupe, roadster (no roof) and speedster (no a pillar/windscreen).

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