The small Dutch manufacturer Lightyear has not yet started marketing its amazing Lightyear 0, but everything indicates that the development is going on. Indeed, the startup has just announced that its electric and solar car has just recorded an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.175, becoming at the same time the future production car with the best coefficient on the market. The record holder, a certain GM EV1, had a mark of 0.195. For those of you who didn’t know, the giant General Motors marketed this purely electric car in the late 90s.
Obviously, the Lightyear 0 will not be a widespread model, as the manufacturer plans to assemble its ultra-aerodynamic sedan in a very limited series – 946 units would be the figure put forward by the manufacturer. In an explanatory video on YouTube, the Lightyear people explain the battery of tests carried out to arrive at this historic result.
The tests were conducted in a wind tunnel in Stuttgart, Germany. The WLTP calculation was also used for this series of tests, but we imagine that if the car crosses the Atlantic Ocean, it will be tested by government agencies in the United States and Canada.
As with all vehicles on the road, the aerodynamic coefficient is very important, because the more aerodynamic a car is, the less electrons it will consume, regardless of the car.
We’ll see what happens with this colourful project, but what is clear is that this Lightyear 0 will probably be able to boast the lowest coefficient of the entire industry… as long as another model doesn’t steal its trademark!