Volvo Museum staff recently did a general cleaning and found a forgotten Volvo Light Component Project 2000 concept car in one of the rooms. The find will be washed, polished and put on public display.
The Volvo Light Component Project 2000 (abbreviated as LCP 2000) started in 1979 with the filing of ex-Saab engineer Rolf Mellde. He conceived the idea of creating an economical car weighing about 700 kg and with a fuel consumption of less than four liters per 100 km – an almost unrealistic combination for that time.
Two three-cylinder turbodiesels were developed for the car: 1.3 l and 50 hp. with a magnesium alloy block, as well as a 1.4-liter with a cast-iron block and a return of 90 hp. The second could even work on rapeseed oil. As Volvo engineers said, when such a car drove by, a pleasant aroma of fish and chips appeared in the air.
All LCP 200 prototypes were front-wheel drive, but differed in transmissions. Some of the cars received a five-speed “mechanics”, others – an electronically controlled CVT.
Various types of plastic, magnesium and aluminum have been used extensively in the design, both in terms of weight and for reasons of recycling and future availability. A small sensation for that time was the use of carbon fiber for door panels, at that time a completely new and untested material.
The LCP 2000 also stood out for its original design solutions. So, for example, the plastic rear door not only opened access to the trunk, but also provided access to the rear seats, located back against the direction of travel.
Four LCP 2000 prototypes were put on public display in 1983. They aroused great interest as a conceptual study and the project of the “car of the future”, but the market was not ready for such an extraordinary car, so the model did not go into mass production. But some of the design features of this project, the Swedes found application in the Volvo 480 model, presented three years later.