Back to the Future with the Coop-Car 3
So Kumho Tyre are heading Back to the Future? We know what you’re thinking… But there’s no Doc in sight (unfortunately).
Instead, to complement the announcement of new products at the REIFEN exhibition, we have also announced the launch of an innovative, environmentally-friendly concept city car – the ‘Coop-Car 3 for free’.
It’s based on a Kia Picanto and powered by 0.9-litre 3-cylinder, 2-stroke common-rail diesel engine capable of delivering a fuel consumption of just 2.5l/100km. And of course, a car of the future needs the tyres to match. Assisting the achievement of this remarkable figure are the vehicle’s Kumho KH27 ECOWING ES01 environmentally-friendly tyres. They were especially chosen for their low rolling resistance and low noise level, following the achievement of top marks in these disciplines in a tyre test carried out by ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), Europe’s largest motor club – the results of which were published in the March 2015 edition of ADAC Motorwelt.
The brains behind the Coop was made up of a consulting company TCU² and co-ordinated by the Friedberg-based Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences. It investigated the benefits of a 2-stroke engine for modern passenger cars and how they could be combined with innovations in regard to engine management, charging, fuel injection, fuel and lubricants in order to achieve the aim of minimal NOx and C0₂ emissions and low noise. A range of renowned industry names are also involved with the project, including Shell and Bosch. All sounds very clever, and it is all going to make a big difference in the future.
The inclusion of ‘3 for free’ in the Coop’s name is a nod to the DKW 3=6 of 1953. This also featured a 3-cylinder, 2-stroke engine which DKW reasoned worked twice as hard as the equivalent four-stroke unit – hence the ‘3=6’ nomenclature for their car and the ‘3 for free’ claim for both that and the exciting new Coop concept vehicle.