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VW PLANS ATOMIC TRACK-DAY STAR

Volkswagen is developing a top-secret mid-engined lightweight roadster inspired by the Ariel Atom, chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder has revealed. He admitted to our German sister magazine, auto motor und sport, that the baby VW (previewed in our artist’s impressions) took its inspiration from the British flyweight track car and promised ‘it will be as fast as a Porsche Boxster’.

Dubbed Fun Roadster, the car has a choice of petrol or diesel 1.0-litre engines, mounted amidships driving the rear wheels through a DSG dual-clutch gearbox operated by steering-wheel paddles.

Although both engines are limited to around 100bhp, genuine sports-car performance is guaranteed by a light 600kg kerbweight. Pischetsrieder claimed a 0-62mph dash in ‘less than 7.0sec’.

The Fun Roadster measures just 3400mm long, about the same as a Smart Roadster, whose two-seat layout it shares. The VW is constructed around a tubular steel frame and its skeletal body has more in common with an Ariel or Caterham, with exposed wheels and minimal bodywork. Suspension is by double wishbones at both ends.

This isn’t core territory for Volkswagen and the Fun Roadster is only tipped for limited-series production as a PR booster, in much the same way as the Smart Crossblade. However, sources in Germany confirm it will be built with deliveries starting in 2007.

Surprise news of the Fun Roadster reflects a renewed push to make the VW brand more dynamic. The top-secret project is separate from all previous small-car programmes and shouldn’t be confused with the recent Concept C or Concept R roadsters
 

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20vvillian said:
VW PLANS ATOMIC TRACK-DAY STAR

Volkswagen is developing a top-secret mid-engined lightweight roadster inspired by the Ariel Atom, chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder has revealed. <snip>
Top-secret, huh? Perhaps Mr. Pischetsrieder needs a dictionary.
 

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Looks cool but make sure you take you umbrella if you gonna drive one of those :lol:
 

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Elise beater? :crazy: From the specs, it doesn't sound like it will even be competitive with cars in its' class, like the Lotus 340R (180hp, 571kg, 4.4 0-60)



Or the bargain priced Westfield Megabusa (180hp, 440kg)

 

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Did Pischetsrieder learn anything from the blunders of Piech? :p
 

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maniac_productions said:
jwil said:
Even if it's built we'll never ever get it in the US. It would never pass NHTSA safety regs. :(
the plymouth prowler has the same roadster design style...why wouldnt it pass reg here??
Plymouth Prowler = 2850lbs
VW Fun Roadster = 1322lbs

The VW car would probably not stand up to front, side impact or offset testing without alot more meat on it, and with the required safety features in place it would be such a slug no one would want to drive it. Design and style has nothing to do with crash testing.

And this is overlooking the fact that it doesn't have things like a discernable front bumper.

Cute design excercise but it'll never be a reality.
 

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They need to forget about this thing and get serious about building us a real roadster like the Concept R that was on the car show circuit last year. This thing will never make it to production (at least here in the US) but the Concept R has real potential.

 
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