Each year Volvo Car Corporation invests about 10 per cent of its turnover in product development. One tenth of this amount is reserved for advanced research projects, or high risk projects. Volvo LCP (Light Component Project) 2000 is one of these projects and a preparation in technology and competence for the year 2000. In addition to broad theoretical know-how concerning new materials, alternative drive lines, new production methods, etc, the LCP study has resulted in four road-going experimental cars.
The project which started in mid 1979 was presented to the public in October 1983 after a year's testing and evaluation of the car, its sub-systems and design solutions.
This paper is a description of the project work. Another paper ‘Magnesium in the Volvo LCP 2000’, deals more specifically with the results of the LCP material studies.