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phaeton
10-19-2005, 12:32 AM
Here is Volkswagen's concept car for the Tokyo Motor Show <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2247927" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2247927</A> it is a Frugal Roadster with a 1.5L TDI engine with it's now well known DSG gearbox. <p>my opinion follows<p>The Eco Racer has very individuallistic styling taking cues from no other VW to date although I do see the W12 Roadster in it.<p>The engine must be the next gen of Diesels due in 2007/08 it sounds amazing.<p>If VW did make this it would be on the next Polo Platform and would not have the Carbon Fibre as it would be economical unfeasible unless of course VW wanted this to be expensive.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by phaeton at 12:21 AM 10/28/2005</i>

Gian86
10-19-2005, 02:16 AM
Official pics:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13767.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13768.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13769.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13776.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13770.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13771.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13772.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13773.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13774.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13775.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Autoweek.nl<p>It looks much different on Volkswagen but there have some smart features on that concept. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

The Stig
10-19-2005, 05:09 AM
Thats awesome looking <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

bolita
10-19-2005, 07:58 AM
Cool concept but doesn't look like a VW IMO!

autodanse
10-19-2005, 11:38 AM
wow, that is really really ugly<p>and yea, it doesn't look like a VW at all<p>they should just stick with the concept R...mmm<p><IMG SRC="http://www.wheels24.co.za/Images/Photos/20050123192043ConceptR_400.jpg" BORDER="0">

Tidal
10-19-2005, 01:11 PM
If you put a narrower grill and slightly different headlights on it it would be the perfect SEAT. It even has the crease starting on top of the front wheel and coming down softly to the side of the car.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phaeton</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> The engine must be the next gen of Diesels due in 2007/08 it sounds amazing.<p>If VW did make this it would be on the next Polo Platform... </TD></TR></TABLE> <p>Is this a 4-cil or 3-cil engine? 136hp and 250Nm from an 1.5 seems very good, but the current 1.4 tdi has always had vibration problems, because it's basically a chopped 1.9 tdi.<p>Also, i thought there wouldn't be a new platform for the next Polo, due to cost cutting. <br>

phaeton
10-19-2005, 02:32 PM
<B>Here is the Press Release </B><br> <A HREF="http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/volkswagen_news/article_1581.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vwvortex.com/artman...shtml</A>

phaeton
10-19-2005, 02:38 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DeadDave</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is this a 4-cil or 3-cil engine? 136hp and 250Nm from an 1.5 seems very good, but the current 1.4 tdi has always had vibration problems, because it's basically a chopped 1.9 tdi.<p>Also, i thought there wouldn't be a new platform for the next Polo, due to cost cutting. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>4 Cylinder, and 1st I've heard of Polo not being developed what is your source ?<p>Last I heard was it was being developed for SEAT Skoda Fabia Audi A2 and VW Polo it will have AWD this time.

SV
10-19-2005, 07:21 PM
hmmm, it looks good but not very VW to me. i do like those rear lights, but i've seen a similar light design somewhere before...<p>still, a cool car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

tjts1
10-19-2005, 10:15 PM
That looks much better than the Concept R precisely because it doesn't look like a VW. Build it and I will buy.

Gromit
10-20-2005, 04:37 AM
I completely agree with you!<p>What's not to like about this? Minimal, purposeful, fun. Build it please.

mzoltarp
10-20-2005, 05:28 AM
They need to build it in Mexico and bring it to the USA NOW

Pakeha Aotearoa
10-21-2005, 01:13 AM
Volkswagon, what were you thinking? Thats gross. Just plain gross. That Concept R is soooo much better...that Eco Racer on the other hand just looks wrong. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/scared.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
10-21-2005, 05:57 AM
What a gorgeous little car... I love it.

Reppu
10-23-2005, 01:08 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phaeton</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> (........) with it's now infamous DSG gearbox. </TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> i think i didn't understand that.

Redline
10-23-2005, 09:38 AM
I certainly don't like the looks of it, but its rather clever and has a nice interior. Its useful concept, but not an attractive one.

tjts1
10-23-2005, 07:40 PM
This concept is sort of a blast from the past. Please build it VW.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.porschecars.wz.cz/Porsche/Wallpapers/73_914_1024.jpg" BORDER="0">

phaeton
10-28-2005, 12:21 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Reppu</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> i think i didn't understand that.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><B>Reppu</B> good spotting me english aint good <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sleep.gif" BORDER="0"> , I mean't well known didn't realise it was for vile/evil pasts. <p>Thanks to you I now know the full meaning had me on the floor laughing <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0"> .

TitanSteel
10-29-2005, 01:35 PM
Although the concept of a light-weight track car is cool, I really dislike the way the car looks. Now, if VW used design cues from the amazing Concept R to this application, then it would be incredible.

Gromit
11-02-2005, 05:08 AM
It's interesting how this design has really polarised opinion. It's definitely a love-it-or-hate-it car.<p>I really like it, but I think I'd rather have an Elfin Streamliner - working on the principle that if you're gonna be a bear, it makes sense to be a grizzly.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.thescene.com.au/images/article_images/46_13_211.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://carsguide.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,3600,5043330,00.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://carsguide.news.com.au/pics/streamliner.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I love that pic of the 914/6, by the way!

Pavilion
11-02-2005, 10:41 PM
I just can't make myself like this car. I can't identify it with VW and it looks like Dodge Razor's ugly stepsister <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> . At least it looks fun to drive.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

endel
12-16-2005, 04:06 AM
VW EcoRacer Successfully Finishes First On-Road Test<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2051216.003/2051216.003.1L.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Bunch of pictures there also:<br><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/news.cfm/NewsID/2051216.003/volkswagen/1.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/n....html</A><p>Prototype to be displayed from 17 December 2005 to 9 January 2006 in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg<p>Volkswagen's EcoRacer sports car has successfully completed its racetrack debut: 34 journalists from nine countries gave the concept car from Wolfsburg a thorough test on the racetrack in Pau in the South of France.<p>In three days, the motor sport journalists covered over 1200 kilometres, mainly at high speed, in the yellow two-seater. The EcoRacer proved that it is versatile and dynamic in the guise of a coupĀ, a roadster and a speedster. The EcoRacer will be on display at the KonzernWelt in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg as of 17 December.<p>Volkswagen made a static presentation of the EcoRacer at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. The concept car was well received by journalists and trade visitors. The idea of testing the mid-engine sports car on a racetrack was developed in Tokyo.<p>Matthias Rabe, head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG: "We took this unusual step to let people see for themselves that fascination, sportiness and excellent handling can be combined with fuel efficiency. The EcoRacer impressively passed this test without any breakdowns at the racetrack in Pau. This concept car proves that fuel economy and sportiness are not mutually exclusive."<p>The EcoRacer weighs just 850 kilograms thanks to its carbon fibre body. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds. The newly developed 1.5-litre turbo diesel with 100 kW /136 PS has a top speed of 230 km/h and an average fuel consumption of just 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres.<p>However, not only the technology fulfilled the expectations of the Volkswagen engineers. The design of the vehicle was also presented well at the racetrack. Volkswagen designer Cesar Muntada: "It is a wonderful experience to see your new vehicle on the road for the first time and to see the reactions to it. I am particularly pleased about the emotions the EcoRacer stirred up on the racetrack."<p>The EcoRacer can be viewed in the Autostadt in Wolfsburg until 9 January 2006.