After few leaked photos, the Peugeot Onyx Concept made its debut today ahead of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which will take place later this month. According to Peugeot, the Onyx Concept is a spiritual successor to the Quasar, Proxima, Oxia and the 907. What’s more interesting is that the Onyx was built using materials processed as little as possible and was created by enthusiasts who have drawn their inspiration from the world of competition.
The wings and doors were fashioned by hand and are made of pure copper, while the other panels of the bodywork are made of carbon fiber and painted in matt black. With a Cd of 0.30, the aerodynamic impact of the Onyx is inversely proportional to its visual impact.
The Onyx features a V8 engine in a central rear position and according to the official press release the 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDi FAP is able to deliver 600 hp to the rear wheels via the six-speed sequential gearbox. The power is delivered to the ground via the specially developed Michelin tires found on the 20-inch wheels.
As expected, the Onyx is also extremely light as it weighs only 1100 kg and it is 4.65m long, 2.20m wide and 1.13m high. The interior also features the futuristic theme and Peugeot says that it uses a new type of ‘wood’ called Newspaper Wood. As it name says it is produced from used newspapers, assembled and compressed to create new ‘logs’ from which the parts are made. The illusion is perfect, with grains which run across the surface.
The chassis of the new Peugeot Onyx concept was developed with the collaboration between Peugeot Sport and the Group's Research and Development Department. Made from monolithic carbon, the chassis is made up of only 12 parts. Since the chassis integrates the front and rear chassis legs, Volvo was able to get rid of the connected plates. Volvo was able to optimize the structure’s torsional stiffness as well as its weight, which is pegged at around 100k g.
New Peugeot Onyx concept makes use of a 3.7-liter V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine – bolted on the structure’s carbon fiber shell and cooled by ducts commencing on the roof through NACA take-offs – and a suspension that has proven its worth on tracks around the world. This V8 engine is tuned to deliver around 600 bhp, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission.
Considering that the Peugeot Onyx concept only weighs 1,100 kg and has compact dimensions of 4.65 m in length, 2.20 m in width, 1.13 m in height. Riding on a double wishbone and an in-board controlled suspension on all wheels, the Onyx concept features 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin tires measuring 275/30 at the front and 345/30 at the rear.
Typically, kinetic energy is lost during braking, but not on the Onyx concept. Its HYbrid4 technology is smart enough to recover that energy and store it in lithium-ion batteries. This energy boosts the concept’s power by 80 bhp, when it is used during acceleration. Adapting the 3.7-liter V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine for use on the road proved to be a big challenge for the designers of the Onyx concept, as after all, this powerplant already operates in an extreme range during competition.