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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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  • Cameron says:

    This will be one to track; 2009 is not far away.

  • wow, those are impressive numbers. I wonder what a strong wind would do to this thing though

  • markwark says:

    You should check your calculation on converting l/100 km to mpg… I’m getting more like 87 mpg.

  • admin says:

    Hey Mark, i think 157 mpg is right. Maybe someone else can jump in and give another look. I’m talking on the LS model for the 157 mpg. Ah, the GT model gets 89 mpg – maybe that’s what you’re referring to?

  • Anthony says:

    2.7L/100km ≈ 87.1 mpg (US gallons)
    1.5L/100km ≈ 156.8 mpg (US gallons)

    I do not think this car is for everyone. I think this is a great car for people that usually transport 1-2 people and do not need to carry many things in the trunk.

    My understanding is that the back seats are only useful for children or smaller adults. The seats also serve as trunk space when not carrying people.

    I think this would be a great car to have for commuting. If I needed a car with larger trunk space, I probably would have to look elsewhere.

    I would like it if more automobile models were offered with this level of economy and style.

    I probably would prefer the 3-cyl. 50HP GT model, although I will reserve judgement until I can actually test drive both LOREMO vehicles.

    Horsepower is not everything. Torque is also important.

    I was pleasently suprised with the drivability of the VW Golf TDI (4-cyl. Diesel) and it only had 90HP.

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