Carbon, copper and acrylic have been used in the construction of this 600bhp concept, shown off by Peugeot at the Paris motor show
Matt Burt
27 September 2012

This minimalist supercar concept is easily the most striking model in Peugeot’s Paris motor show display. Named Peugeot Onyx, it has been created by the French marque's designers in conjunction with Peugeot Sport and the R&D department of PSA Peugeot-Citroën.

The mid-engined, rear-drive car is mainly constructed from unprocessed raw materials and is underpinned by technology from the firm’s Le Mans prototype.

The Onyx’s wings and doors are made from copper sheet, fashioned by hand. Other panels are carbonfibre and the windows and roof are made of a lightweight acrylic alternative to glass.

Sandeep Bhambra, principle designer of the Onyx, says the car is "a one-off" but "will influence all future Peugeot design." He adds: "It shows a passion for individualisation and hand crafting - an attention to detail all Peugeots should have. It has the Le Mans car powertrain. Although it is a one-off concept it is a runner - the first test we did 180kph, so it is not a normal concept, it is very capable."

The car, which weighs 1100kg, is built around a central carbon structure on to which the 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDI FAP engine and suspension are bolted. The engine produces 600bhp and is driven through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The Onyx also has a kinetic energy recovery system, which channels braking energy into lithium ion batteries and then automatically discharges the power on acceleration, boosting the output by an additional 80bhp.

The concept is 4650mm long, 2200mm wide and 1130mm high and has a drag coefficient of 0.30.

The passenger compartment is made of compressed felt and is formed as a one-piece pod, with no stitching or joins. The dashboard is made of wood produced from recycled newspapers.

It seems unlikely that Onyx will reach production.

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12 September 2012

Looks fantastic but as likely to see the light of day as I am to get a kiss and a cuddle from Kelly Brook...

What's the point when the cars in the showroom still, after a million promises, look awkward, cluttered and clumsy?

12 September 2012

...when it comes to unveiling concepts which look great but will never progress. Once again the shape's great, but presumably the ghastly rose-gold colour is designed to match the 4lb watches worn by this one's  potential customer base in China.

12 September 2012

I'm not so sure on the look.  It looks a little bit overdone to the point I'm buying the next generation of bagless vacum cleaners.  Maybe thats Peugeots future design for whitegoods.

12 September 2012

What a waste of shareholders' money! Pure indulgence, with no end-result. PSA should be focusing on finding a USP for the mainstream cars it is going to produce in the future.

12 September 2012

Lovely concept. Love the interior and especially the simplicity of the rear end.  However its frustrating that they will never make it. There should be a law that if concepts don't reach production within 5 years then moulds of the body should be sent out to people who request one and let the self builders/kit car manufacturers have a crack at it.

13 September 2012

Oktoberfest wrote:

Lovely concept. Love the interior and especially the simplicity of the rear end.  However its frustrating that they will never make it. There should be a law that if concepts don't reach production within 5 years then moulds of the body should be sent out to people who request one and let the self builders/kit car manufacturers have a crack at it.

Or just set up a manufacturing base in China where copyright laws can be completely ignored!

13 September 2012

Well it seems like peugeot is getting better and better but still any concept car doesn't mean that it is going to exist but lets just hope it will

13 September 2012

This very obviously will never appear on a Peugeot price list, to critisise the company for that is pretty inept, but the fun is spotting the design features that will appear on future models.

Peugeot has a tradition of creating supercar concepts that feature design cues found on subsequent showroom models. They do mention as much in the Onyx press release...Quasar, Proxima, Oxia etc..


27 September 2012

....  to seeing this in Richard Bremners "This was the future once" column in a couple of years.

Copper wings eh?  Unprocessed materials?

Is this going to be the only concept car that will changed colour over time.  Those wings will go from copper to dull brown to green.....

Shame neither the car or anything from it will see production.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

30 September 2012

Trying to get some ROI on their unraced 908 HDI HYbrid4 powertrain by clothing it in a space age body and generating some extra column inches...?

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