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Lightyear 0: the most aerodynamic car on the market

The amazing Dutch solar car Lightyear 0 has just broken a record: with a Cₓ of 0.175, it becomes the most aerodynamic production car in the world!

The Lightyear 0initially presented under the name Lightyear One before its production, is an amazing electric car since it is equipped with 5 m² of solar panels, allowing free driving up to 70 km per day.

To optimize its power consumption and therefore its autonomy, Lightyear has worked on many parameters, including aerodynamics. Recently, the young Dutch manufacturer has took his vehicle to the wind tunnelat FKFS in Germany, in order to make homologate its drag coefficient.

Lightyear 0 : un Cₓ record

And at Lightyear 0 aimed for a drag coefficient (Cₓ) of 0.19 during its design, the results exceeded the expectations of the brand’s engineers, since the official tests, carried out according to the WLTP protocol, measured a Cₓ of only 0.175 !

The Lightyear 0 therefore becomes the world’s most aerodynamic production car, ahead of the Mercedes EQS (Cₓ of 0.20), the Tesla Model 3 (Cₓ of 0.23) and even the Volkswagen XL1 (Cₓ of 0.186) which was until now the most aerodynamic car in the world. The small German car has therefore just been dethroned by this very promising large Dutch sedan.

Lightyear 0: generous autonomy

The Lightyear has four electric motors located at each wheel, and developing a total power of 177 horsepower

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(130kW). But its design does not aim to make it a high-performance car, but rather to optimize its autonomy.

For this, the vehicle relies on a battery of 60 kWhwhich offers a range of 695 kilometers according to the WLTP protocol. The presence of 5 m² of photovoltaic panels also makes it possible to extend this autonomy, and thus drive for free up to 70 km per day !

Read also :
• Lightyear 0: the electric car that runs on solar power!
• Lightyear Two, the solar car at the price of a ZOE for 2025
• Lightyear One: 710 km of autonomy for the solar and electric sedan!

Lightyear 0: an expensive price

But all this technology has a cost: indeed, the Lightyear 0 is already on the market, at a fairly dissuasive price displayed from 250,000 euro. Production will be launched in small series to begin, with first deliveries scheduled for November 2022.

This technology developed on the Lightyear 0 will benefit more accessible models in the future: in fact, the manufacturer is already working on la Lightyear 2a more compact model which should be marketed by 2025at a price of around 30,000 euros!

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