Extreme performance and extreme economy: that is the head turning combination that is set to make the new Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE (standing for Fuel Economy) a runaway success.
The vehicle represents a partnership between French carmaker Peugeot and fuel giant Total: with the two combining their expertise in an effort to boost vehicle energy performance with a focus on innovations in weight saving, drivetrains and aerodynamics.
The result, they hope, will be a vehicle capable of racing from 0-62mph in an inspiring eight seconds: and yet achieving remarkably low emissions of just 49g/km.
To achieve this, Total and Peugeot are focusing on a highly efficiency 208 1.0litre VTi 68bhp engine. The hybrid drivetrain will be subject to innovation with special thermo-management, reduced weight of the reciprocating gears and cylinder head, and an overall reduction in friction.
They will redesign the 208 Hybrid (pictured) to be more aerodynamic and with a much lower co-efficient drag compared to the production model: all while still retaining the same occupant space. They will also focus on new lower rolling resistance tyres.
Weight reduction is also set to be a major factor in the vehicle’s performance. The teams are hoping to slash the vehicle’s weight by around 200kg. Through its subsidiaries Hutchinson and CCP Composites, Total will also contribute its expertise on polycarbonates and composite materials that can be used on the body panels, in the passenger compartment and on the windows.
Total will also provide Peugeot with fuel economy lubricants designed to reduce friction in the engine: it is estimated these lubricants have helped cut Peugeot emissions by around five per cent over the last decade.
If you want to know more about this project, you can follow it online at mission49-8.com from March 5, 2013.
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