This Volvo looks like a sneaker, it consumes less than 4 liters per 100 and in the trunk it has passenger seats

This Volvo looks like a sneaker, it consumes less than 4 liters per 100 and in the trunk it has passenger seats
This Volvo looks like a sneaker, it consumes less than 4 liters per 100 and in the trunk it has passenger seats

3-cylinder engine, low emissions, ridiculous consumption, alternative fuel and ultra-light materials. Something common today, right? Well This great little Volvo prototype fulfilled all that more than 40 years ago. Be amazed by the graphic diagram of its structure that I leave you in the gallery.

Volvo LCP 2000, a Volvo Concept extremely advanced for its time

The Volvo LCP 2000 is a future-oriented and environmentally friendly prototype focused on the use of lightweight materials (LCP is Light Component Prototype).

It was 1983 and the Swedish brand brought to the fore this technological display in the form of a shoe that weighed no more than 700kg, made of recycled and recyclable materials, carbon fiber (something almost unheard of in those years) and unconventional engines that ran on various fuels and left a fishy smell in their wake. Let’s look at it in depth!

I’m sure you know what I’m talking about if I tell you that there was a smell of fish and chips in his wake.

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3-cylinder diesel engine with ridiculous consumption 40 years ago

4 LCPs were created with slight modifications between them. All were equipped with transverse turbodiesel engines of 2 types with special design. Both were three-cylinder. One of them was a light magnesium engine of 1.3 liters and 50 HP, while the other had a cast iron block, 1.4 liters and 90 HP. They were thermally insulated without a cooling jacket in the cylinder head, using the engine oil as a coolant.

It ran on any fuel, such as rapeseed oil, which gave the car a pleasant smell of whatever grandma had fried in it the night before.

All LCPs were front-wheel drive and featured either a five-speed manual transmission or an electronically controlled variable-ratio transmission (CVT).

2 engines were used. One lightweight magnesium alloy and another cast iron. Both had 3 cylinders and turbo giving power 50CV and 90CV, and could run on rapeseed oil.

Volvo LCP 2000, stylish and efficient, designed for low consumption.

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Innovative materials and a society that was not prepared

The project index required that a minimum of 2 people must fit in the car, have a maximum weight of 700kg and a maximum fuel consumption of less than 4 liters per 100km. This was proposed to engineers in 1979 as a very unrealistic combination at that time. They managed to fit 4 people into a space measuring 4m long by 1.3m high. Of course, people had to enter through the trunk and although it may not seem like it, there was some room for a couple of suitcases. The weight was contained up to 707kg.

Different types of plastic, magnesium and aluminum were used, both due to weight and for reasons of recycling and future availability of the raw material.. A huge innovation was the use of carbon fiber for the door frames (a completely new and untested material).

The use of exotic materials without standardization made production expensive and In 1983 the market was not ready for organic. Power and performance continued to be the keys of the moment for a car. The good aerodynamic profile of the LCP was used for the Volvo 480 presented 3 years later.

Studies of the total energy consumption of the LCP (the life cycle from raw material, through production and useful life to eventual scrapping) would later form the basis of Volvo Cars’ EPS environmental strategy.

Volvo LCP2000 in natural surroundings, futuristic and efficient design.

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