(PRWEB UK) 15 October 2012
Peugeot’s stylish and environmentally-friendly new supercar concept will get its first public showing at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month.
The Peugeot Onyx Concept will join two other concept cars on Peugeot’s stand at Mondial de l’Automobile.
In all, 40 Peugeot vehicles will be on show in Paris, including the 208 GTi, the 2008 Concept and the RCZ R Concept.
Building on Peugeot’s reputation for crafting desirable sports cars whilst conducting industry-leading green car research, the innovative Peugeot Onyx Concept has been created to make the most of its materials.
The Onyx Concept is largely built from materials which don’t need to go through heavy processing procedures.
Whilst efficiency remains at the core of Peugeot’s agenda, the Peugeot Onyx Concept has been designed by car enthusiasts so it is as desirable and driveable as any of the brand’s established supercars.
Gilles Vidal, Peugeot style director, said: “Onyx has the strength of a supercar, with extremely aerodynamic lines.
“It is made unique by its sculpted, chiselled style and by the innovative materials and structure.”
The main structure of the vehicle is sculpted from carbon fibre, with PolyMethyl MethAcrylate windows and roof.
Ultra-resistant, these materials surround the passenger compartment, guaranteeing optimal safety for occupants.
The carbon chassis is stripped down to its purest essentials, featuring just 12 parts.
This minimalist, efficient approach allows the incorporation of the chassis legs and the removal of connected plates – the entire structure weighs barely 100kg.
Aerodynamic components are also kept to a minimum. Instead, the Onyx delivers powerful performance through the potent ground effect created by its flat carbon fibre floor, as well as its moving spoiler.
Inside, too, simplicity is a mantra – Peugeot has used only the materials needed to create the components and house them, to maximise material efficiency.
The passenger compartment is made from one piece of stretched, fully-recyclable felt, encompassing the floor, the roof, the upper console and bucket seats.
The felt fulfils the job of several materials, and has the additional benefits of providing thermal insulation and dehumidifying the air inside the compartment.
A pioneering new variety of ‘wood’ has been used to create the dashboard, newspaper wood. Formed by compressing recycled newspaper into ‘logs’, the innovative material perfectly resembles a traditional wooden dashboard.
The console has also been sculpted from newspaper wood, and features a fuel indicator crafted from hand-blown glass.
Rather than giving the car a stark appearance, the stripped-down approach only serves to bolster its desirability.
Its copper-sheet wings and doors, its matt-black carbon fibre panels, and its RCZ-inspired ‘double-bubble’ roof ensure that the supercar makes a strong and lasting impression.
In terms of performance, too, the brand’s attention to detail is immediately apparent, as it balances technological excellence with optimum efficiency.
The 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine is born of Peugeot’s success on racetracks across the world, delivering 600bhp to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Peugeot’s ground-breaking HYbrid4 technology is put to use to maximise efficiency, storing the kinetic energy usually lost when breaking, and re-using it during acceleration as an 80bhp boost.
Its competition-inspired level of performance is bolstered with its specially-designed Michelin tyres, as well as its front and rear in-board controlled suspension.
With its combination of sleek, future-focused styling and bespoke components, the Peugeot Onyx Concept embodies its status as green car and supercar with every facet of its construction.
The Onyx supercar concept isn’t the only product of Peugeot’s experiments with ‘raw’ materials.
Joining the Onyx Concept car on Peugeot’s stand at the Paris Motor Show will be the Onyx Concept Scooter and the Onyx Bike.
The 2012 Paris Motor Show will be held at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles between Saturday, 29th September and Sunday, 14th October.
For more information about Peugeot’s plans for the 2012 Paris Motor Show, visit http://www.peugeot.co.uk/.
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About Peugeot UK
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Its UK subsidiary has its headquarters in Coventry and there are 250 Peugeot Dealerships throughout the UK.
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