View Full Version : Not strictly a kit car.................

13-11-2007, 03:19 PM
Not strictly a kit car but a project done in Germany in 1976 based on a beetle. It is GRP.

The engine was the standard 34hp unit, with a top speed of 81mph quoted.

It is claimed to have a drag coefficient factor of just 0.24.

It was lurking at the back of the Auto museum in Wolfsburg (see my other pictures under General Chat



Can't say it worked for me :sorry:

13-11-2007, 03:45 PM
I wonder if that's where the Opel design originated from...oops, no..it's got Opel rear lights. Interesting design exercise, though.

13-11-2007, 05:33 PM
Well it wouldn't win any prizes from me! shades of Mini Marcos about it too....

14-11-2007, 09:05 AM
Hmm. Scrub what I said about no specialist cars in the Wolfsburg museum...

Aerodynamic cars are rarely good-looking - and with a Cd of 0.24, it is SERIOUSLY aerodynamic. Clearly a response to the fuel crisis at the time. I guess the coefficient was determined during the daytime, with those lights up I suspect it would be a lot worse!

Hey Rick - I think you are OK, the Opel GT predates this effort by several years (1970 I think), and was heavily influenced by your very own Corvette!

Luigi Colani did a 700cc BMW motorbike engined aero car in the 1960's that looked a whole lot better (even had a flip-forward canopy for cockpit entry), so this really looks like a token effort on the part of VW. Plus, the new water-pumpers were out as well (Golf, Polo) and the Beetle only had a couple of years production left in Europe...

Are those gull-wing doors I see as well?