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Saturday, June 14, 2008
Ligier BeUp
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Ligier's 505 cc BeUp City Car

Ligier Automobiles, based in Abrest France, is very well known for its design and manufacture of formula racing cars, but it is also the constructor and creator of the light weight gasoline (petrol) powered BeUp (Be-Up) car. Weighing in at just 335 kg (737 lbs), the Ligier BeUP has one of the smallest production car engines available with a displacement of 505 cc in a two cylinder configuration, and a maximum power output of 15kW (21hp) at 4200 rpm.

Classified as a Heavy Quadricycle, the Ligier BeUp has a 'space frame' modular chassis that is built up from a extruded light alloy platform that is welded onto cast parts with a tubular roll bar assembly mechanically attached to the platform. Body panels on the Ligier BeUp are made from Polycarbonate ABS, and the roof, windscreen and rear storage compartment can be detached by the driver.

The Ligier BeUp comes with 14 inch tires all around and is just 2.68 metres (8 feet 9 inches) in length The transmission is automatic and changes speed based upon a CVT continuously variable design. The BeUp also comes fully equipped with driving lights for operation at night. The car is an ideal runabout for the city and is easily parked, and establishes an image of efficiency.

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