The Lightyear 0 does not fail to surprise: in tests carried out in Germany under WLTP cycle homologation conditions, the electric car, which can also run on solar energy, obtained a score of 0.175, the lowest of every production car in history. But this is not the absolute record.
Today we are thrilled to announce that Lightyear 0 is the most aerodynamic production car in the world!
Our solar car was tested in the FKFS wind tunnel in Stuttgart, Germany to set the record straight in terms of aerodynamic suitability.
— Lightyear (@lightyear_cars) September 15, 2022
Lightyear assured that the result is surprising even for the engineers, who expected a value of around 0.19. Arjo Van der Ham, the company’s technical director, acknowledged: “We are very proud of this result. We started from scratch when we started studying the car and its technology. We put a lot of effort into it. »
The Lightyear 0 managed to beat the previous record set by the 1996 GM EV1, which was 0.19. As an example, two of the most aerodynamic cars on sale today are the Mercedes EQS and the Tesla Model S, which claim a value of 0.20 and 0.208 respectively.
However, if concept cars are also taken into account, the Lightyear 0 is not the most aerodynamic car – the Mercedes Vision EQXX, unveiled this year, scored 0.17, while the JCB Dieselmax , a prototype designed to set a speed record in the diesel car category, it had a coefficient of 0.147.
946 examples of the electric sedan have been produced, which is just over 5 meters long and is capable of covering almost 625 km in the WLTP cycle thanks to its 60 kWh battery, 170 hp electric motor and the energy solar which, on its own, according to the Dutch manufacturer, it can travel up to 70 km per day.
With a base price of between 250 and 300 thousand euros, this model is obviously not within the reach of all budgets. However, after the 0, Lightyear is already working on a more affordable entry model, with a list price of around 30,000 euros and scheduled to launch in 2026.