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The Loremo: Never before has something German sipped so little (188mpg!)
Auto Blog ^ | June 4, 2007

Posted on 06/05/2007 4:24:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Simple, clever, fun. That's the philosophy behind the vehicle you see pictured above, the Loremo (pronounced lo-ray-mo which is short for Low Resistance Mobile). Of course, there's nothing simple about designing and building a car, but there has certainly been a large need for cleverness to meet our current standard of "fun".

Don't let the picture fool you. There's nothing really new here, aside from the impressive 50g/km CO2 figure. This car achieves its high level of fuel efficiency by taking current fuel-saving methods to a level almost beyond reason. A main part of this is weight saving. Every part of the car has been stripped down to its 'bare essentials', including the interior, chassis, wheels and tires, and engine (though oddly enough, it still possesses a navigation system). The designers have optimized its drag coefficient all the way to the width of the tires - wider tire = more friction. This is a good thing, since engine options are either a 2-cylinder 20hp turbodiesel, or a 3-cylinder 50hp turbodiesel. The former will get you to sixty miles per hour in a blistering 20 seconds, while the latter will get you there in 9. Fuel efficiency, however, is very impressive - 1.5L per 100 km (translated 188 mpg). Not too shabby.

The coupe is labeled as a 2+2 because the trunk boot is 'ergonomically shaped' so that two children can fit "comfortably" facing rearward - given, of course, that they don't get car sick. One enters the car by opening the front or rear 'gate' (see gallery). The front lifts the entire nose section from the A-pillar forward, taking the steering wheel with it. According to the website, it's as easy as getting in a bathtub. Uh-huh.

It'll be a while before we can test that out. Production versions of the Loremo won't be available until 2009. Weighing in at just over 990 lbs. to just under 1040 lbs., it might be fun to drive - but is it worth the pain to one's cornea? I mean, I like the headlights and taillights, and even the Tesla-esque nose, but really. The profile doesn't look as though it has evolved past the early sixties. Retro isn't that much back in.

Maybe if I saw one in person... nah.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: automobiles; automotive; cars; conservation; gasmileage; gasoline; germany; globalwarming; highmilespergallon; money; oil; oilindependence
Wow!
1 posted on 06/05/2007 4:24:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

2 posted on 06/05/2007 4:36:31 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They all sound good... and the artists drawings are slick... but what you get is...


3 posted on 06/05/2007 4:49:15 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: johnny7

What in the world is that?!


4 posted on 06/05/2007 4:55:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: IncPen; BartMan1; Forecaster

ping


5 posted on 06/05/2007 4:58:58 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

THAT is a cute little coffin.


6 posted on 06/05/2007 4:59:19 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For the kid in all of us.

7 posted on 06/05/2007 5:01:57 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.paulklenk.us)
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To: Dumpster Baby

How would you like to be in that... on the Jersey Turnpike during the ride home from work?


8 posted on 06/05/2007 5:03:42 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Utterly stupid design. The engineers oughta be shot. OK, not really. But you get the point.

What kind of idiot designs a vehicle that cannot be entered in the rain without exposing the entire front cabin area to the rain?

Fools.


9 posted on 06/05/2007 5:04:48 AM PDT by LetGoNow (Listen up punk. The colors are red, white, and blue, not red, white, and green. Got that? Now scram!)
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To: Dumpster Baby
coffin

That's what I was thinking - I wouldn't want to be in that thing on the "I-20/59 Motor Speedway, 18 Wheeler Division" between B'ham and Tuscaloosa.

10 posted on 06/05/2007 5:09:14 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (If MY people who are called by MY name -- the ball's in our court, folks.)
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To: johnny7
How would you like to be in that... on the Jersey Turnpike during the ride home from work?

Yeah, it would make a cute hood ornament on a Mack. Or a speed bump.

11 posted on 06/05/2007 5:10:20 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A Mack truck driver wouldn’t even notice running over speed bumps like these....


12 posted on 06/05/2007 5:11:15 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not sure... but it’s no joke. The pic was taken in La Gomera... one of the Canary islands.


13 posted on 06/05/2007 5:13:17 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My lawn tractor has more hp! Turbodiesel hybrids do make a lot of sense though.


14 posted on 06/05/2007 5:16:32 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: theDentist
A Mack truck driver wouldn’t even notice running over speed bumps like these....

LOL. He might see blurry, bloody mist in the rear-view though...

15 posted on 06/05/2007 5:17:15 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Neat, you can drive your destination, then put the “car” in your backpack, instead of looking for a parking space.


16 posted on 06/05/2007 6:13:03 AM PDT by ikka
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To: ikka

Hey, when I was hitchhiking in Europe in the sixties they had things made out of corrugated galvanized steel with no paint. Inside the passengers sat on plastic webbing like lawn chairs. Why not revive those, too. Do it in time for the Recreate 68 demonstrations in Denver. s/


17 posted on 06/05/2007 7:22:20 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: johnny7
They all sound good... and the artists drawings are slick... but what you get is...

The car shown above is NO artist drawing. It's an actual prototype, which could be seen at a number of auto expos already.
18 posted on 06/05/2007 7:58:37 AM PDT by wolf78 (Penn & Teller Libertarian - Equal Opportunity Offender)
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To: wolf78

Talk is cheap... post a pic of it


19 posted on 06/05/2007 8:07:03 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: johnny7
Talk is cheap... post a pic of it

You accuse me of cheap talk while being too lazy to use Google? ;).

Google Image Search results

Satisfied? *LOL
20 posted on 06/05/2007 10:20:48 AM PDT by wolf78 (Penn & Teller Libertarian - Equal Opportunity Offender)
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To: wolf78
...too lazy to use Google?

Where do you think I got the photo that I posted?

21 posted on 06/05/2007 10:51:05 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: johnny7

That looks like something I’d buy in the toy department at Wal-Mart.


22 posted on 06/05/2007 11:00:38 AM PDT by Excellence (Three million years is enough! Stop cyclical climate change now!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

well, the fuel economy sounds good, but then on second thought, the idea with lifting the “hood” to enter the car is unbelievably stupid. On top of the fact that it would be a pain if it rains, what if you get in an accident? The “hood” thing and the hinge would most likely be bent and chances are pretty good you would be trapped in there. Insane if you ask me.


23 posted on 06/05/2007 11:09:14 AM PDT by greenthumbedislndr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

well, the fuel economy sounds good, but then on second thought, the idea with lifting the “hood” to enter the car is unbelievably stupid. On top of the fact that it would be a pain if it rains, what if you get in an accident? The “hood” thing and the hinge would most likely be bent and chances are pretty good you would be trapped in there. Insane if you ask me.


24 posted on 06/05/2007 11:09:16 AM PDT by greenthumbedislndr
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To: greenthumbedislndr
well, the fuel economy sounds good, but then on second thought, the idea with lifting the “hood” to enter the car is unbelievably stupid. On top of the fact that it would be a pain if it rains, what if you get in an accident? The “hood” thing and the hinge would most likely be bent and chances are pretty good you would be trapped in there. Insane if you ask me.

What's "new" about the Loremo is its revolutionary frame design, which in a way resembles a motorbike. The advantages are its light weight and that it is supposed to meet current crash test standards. The downside is that it doesn't work with normal doors, therefore the akward entry.

But then again: motorbikes are far more dangerous and still legal. And hey, it gets 188 mpg!
25 posted on 06/05/2007 12:27:20 PM PDT by wolf78 (Penn & Teller Libertarian - Equal Opportunity Offender)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; sully777; Fierce Allegiance; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; ...
Thanks to 2ndDivisionVet!........

Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.......

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26 posted on 06/11/2007 11:51:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Bite your tongue. It tastes a lot better than crow................)
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To: johnny7

That would look real cute stuck up under my jeep.


27 posted on 06/11/2007 11:55:57 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: Hydroshock

BTW, post #3 is not the Loremo, but an unidentified tiny automobile.


28 posted on 06/11/2007 12:05:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That is a go cart with delusions of grandeur.
29 posted on 06/11/2007 12:25:50 PM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: LetGoNow

Are you referring to the front entry, or the rear seat entry?

Almost any car has precip enter the cabin if there is wind.

And as for the engineering: the article describes their motivation: weight reduction.

Once again, per the comments I made on another high-MPG thread today: they need a better transmission. These five-speeds ain’t gonna get the maximum fuel mileage out of a diesel. Diesels have pretty narrow optimum RPM bands, and the job of any auto engineer using a diesel should be to put enough gears into the tranny to maximize the number of miles spent at optimum RPM, regardless of actual road speed.


30 posted on 06/11/2007 4:23:51 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I gotta get me one!


31 posted on 06/12/2007 3:07:15 AM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built)
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