Peugeot and Total combined their forces and unveiled the 208 Hybrid FE Concept, a full petrol hybrid without a plug-in energy source. According to the official press release, the 208 Hybrid FE Concept is powered by a 1.2-liter VTi-FE petrol engine delivering 68 bhp, enough to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.0 seconds while using just 2 liters of fuel per 100 km.
Moreover, the 208 Hybrid FE Concept emits only 49g/km of CO2. The 208 Hybrid FC is also more aerodynamic comparing it with the standard version as the Cd improves by 25% to a value slightly lower than 0.25.
This numbers was obtained by using a new floating grille, removing disrupting components from the body sides and using specially developed Michelin tyres on the 19-inch alloy wheels on which the carbon aerodynamic flaps fill the space between each spokes.
In addition the rear track is 40 mm narrower, the roof extends in almost horizontal movement leading into the tailgate spoiler. The 208 Hybrid FE Concept also comes with a new rear air deflector and new LED lamps inspired by the Onyx Concept supercar in order to minimize airflow turbulence.
Comparing it with the standard model the concept car saw a 20 percent drop in weight due to the use of the most innovative materials from Hutchinson, CCP Composites and Total’s Polymer activity. Composite components replace the bodywork panels and the floor and reduce the weight of the bodyshell from 295 to 227 kg.
The one-piece outer skin (weighing just 20kg), the flat base (8kg), the door panels (c2kg) and the lower front panel are made from carbon fibre. The bonnet (5kg) and the wings (c2.1kg) are constructed from a composite VER/Carbon, a material which is half the weight but with comparable structural properties.
The glass from the windows (except the door windows) was replaced by polycarbonate to further save 5 kg. As expected, the car also features a 7 kg electric motor that develops 30 kW as a motor and 100 kW as a brake generator. In both modes the electric motor produces 30 Nm of torque. The 0.56 kWh lithium ion battery has a weight of 25 kg and sits on a subrame with the 20-liter fuel tank underneath the rear seat.
Under the 208 HYbrid FE, one can see the cutting-edge pseudo MacPherson suspension that comes with a “glass fiber resin” composite blade located on the transverse. This feature in fact serves as a replacement for a number of parts. These include the anti-roll bar, lower wishbones, and the suspension springs. It is also possible to vary the flexibility along the length of the front blade.
The suspension has been designed and manufactured by Hutchinson. Moreover, the use of the two blades result in a 20-kg weight savings. One big benefit that the 208 HYbrid FE has experienced though is that it is able to use the newest innovations in materials, particularly those made by the Polymers Division of Total’s Refining-Chemicals department, working with two other affiliates which are Hutchinson and CCP Composites.
Once it is removed from the end of the production assembly line, one can observe that this model still has that metal structure. Peugeot revealed that the composite parts are set to serve as a substitute to the bodywork panels and the floor. Because of this, it is possible to lower the body shell’s weight from 295 kg down to 277 kg. The lower front panel meanwhile is composed of carbon.
Made from carbon fiber as well are the door panels, which now weigh 2 kg, while the flat base measures 8 kg. Even the one-piece outer skin is made up of this material as well and as such weighs around 20 kg. The bonnet on the other hand weighs in at 5 kg with the wings coming in at 2.1 kg. However these two are instead composed of a VER/Carbon composite.
This material has similar structural properties but weigh half as much. To create this composite, a new type of resin is used, be it color-dyed, painted, or untreated.
Most of the glazing, except that of the door windows, utilize polycarbonate and this lowers the weight by 5 kg. This is a truly good example of an innovation under the 208 HYbrid FE. And as in many models of the past, this particular material was generally used for headlight lenses. Unlike that of standard glass, this helps lower the weight by at least 50%.