Loremo Fuel Efficient Diesel Car


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I am still amazed at the amount of very large vehicles on the road here in the states. Sure, there are folks who have a legitimate need for that kind of thing. And there are some people who can just flat out afford it. And car manufacturers have taken the line on demand. And I don’t blame them. That has led them to produce cars that are high performance or large. But those priorities may change in the near future as rising fuel costs become a real factor in peoples’ pocketbooks. And that may lead consumers to purchase the kind of car that European startup Loremo is going to build.

The concept is simple: build a great looking car that is lighter, less air resistance, and more fuel efficient. A concept car has already been built and production is slated to being in 2009. Loremo will initially come in two models – the LS and GT, with the GT being a higher performance model. The biggest question in my mind was safety. Loremo’s response is:

“ts great crumple zone and its stiff passenger cell make Loremo more than safe. Loremo’s linear cell structure meets all static requirements to crash safety and driving dynamics. This structure weighs only 95 kg and consists of only few sheets metal parts and can thus be produced at very low cost. The structure has been patented in many countries (patent no. PCT/EP98/01114). Three solid longitudinal support bars have a low weight and a higher stiffness than would be the case if there were side doors in the middle. Even in the case of a side impact, they will provide excellent protection. The pyramidal transverse support bar does not only effectively increase the protection against side impact but also makes the structure torsionally stiff to a high extent. Loremo’s innovative structure allows for a great crumple zone of 600 mm which extremely reduces passenger load. The crash-simulation shows a 50 km/h collision with a static barrier having a 40 % overlap. The dashboard is deformed by approximately 150 mm only. Thus, it is highly probable that it will also withstand the 65 km/h offset crash with a soft barrier without major deformations of the dashboard.”

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Here are the stat rundowns for the LS and GT models, and they are impressive:

Model LS
Engine 2-cylinder turbodiesel
Output 15 kW / 20 HP
Max Speed 160 km/h
Acceleration 20 sec. (0-100km/h)
Transmission 5-gear manual transmission
Drive midship/rear wheel drive
Consumption 1,5 l/100 km
Fuel Range 1.300 km (20-l-tank)
Weight 450 kg
Drag Cw=0,20; Cw×A=0,22 m²
Seats 2+2
Dimensions 384cm x 136cm x 110cm (l x w x h)
Price < 11.000 Euro
Standard airbags, particle filter, radio
Extras dashboard computer, air condition, MP3 player, navigation system

Model GT
Engine 3-cylinder turbodiesel
Output 36 kW / 50 HP
Max Speed 220 km/h
Acceleration 9 sec. (0-100km/h)
Transmission 5-gear manual transmission
Drive midship/rear wheel drive
Consumption 2,7 l/100 km
Fuel Range 800 km (20-l-tank)
Weight 470 kg
Drag Cw=0,20; Cw×A=0,22 m²
Seats 2+2
Dimensions 384cm x 136cm x 110cm (l x w x h)
Price < 15.000 Euro
Standard airbags, particle filter, radio
Extras dashboard computer, air condition, MP3 player, navigation system

For those state side, this means that the LS version can go 0-62.1mph in 20 seconds. Yeah, not stellar by any means. But it can also get 157 miles to the gallon and travel 800 miles per fill up. And the cost for the car would be under $15,000 USD. Let’s Hope they get this here sometime soon.


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