1992 GM Ultralite

GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
GM Ultralite, 1992
Images: GM Media Archives
Rating:  18    -10    +28
Developed jointly by General Motors Design Center and Research Laboratories, the Ultralite concept was created to be the ultimate test-platform for fuel economy. The four-passenger vehicle features a carbon fibre monocoque structure that combines high-strength with exceptional weight savings. Due to efficient packaging techniques and use of lightweight materials throughout, Ultralite’s curb weight is a mere 1,400 pounds. The concept also incorporates low rolling resistance tires and a 1.5-litre, three cylinder, two-stroke engine that delivers 111 bhp at 4500 rpm. Fuel economy is EPA rated at 80 mpg (highway).


The federal government was convinced that 100 mpg cars could easily be built, if only the domestic auto manufacturers would make the effort. This was the goal of General Motors in 1992. The result was the Ultralite, a 1,400-pound four-passenger sedan that GM claimed could attain 100 miles per gallon while at a constant 50 mph speed. Powered by a rear-mounted GM 1.5-liter three-cylinder two-stroke engine, the Ultralite achieved an 80 mph figure in the EPA's highway test cycle, and could also accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.8 seconds. GM claimed the top speed was 135 mph. All components of the body contributed to economy and efficiency. Both the body and structure were carbon-fiber. Side doors lifted upwards in a gull-wing style for easy access to the front and rear seats. The large window area was intended to give the driver excellent all-round visibility. High-intensity fiber-optic headlights and LED taillights were joined by auxiliary fluorescent tube lights.

Concept Car Central
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Skazite pozaluista, gde ja mogu naite bolshe informatsi o concepte GM ULTRALITE?
Ishu 4tonibud kak 4ertezi etogo avtomobilia

S uvazeniem, Erik
Friday, January 04, 2008
Концептик даже сейчас смотрится очень даже современно...
Sunday, September 06, 2009
For the sake of profit, the oil companies would rather kill 2 million Arabs in Iraq instead of allowing this car from being manufactured, even as a luxury vehicle.
Holy shit!
movie car
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Ah yes.. the San Angeles Police Patrol Car from 1994 movie Demolition Man.

Fortunately, the movie highlights of the car from several angles as well as the doors in operation and shots of the interior.
Monday, March 12, 2012

GM would not have been able to make this car A) because the carbon fiber body shell would have cost $150,000 to produce by itself, and B)the engine couldn't meet 49 state emission standards back in 1992 let alone today's more stringent standards or California's. Please learn a little more about a subject before putting your foot in your mouth, OK?
Discuss this car:
Add your comments