If you are an endurance racing fan you will know all about Peugeots exit from the series. The team that took on Audi and won were literally at the airport to go racing when Peugeot big-wigs pulled the plug on the program in an effort to save money in troubled times for the manufacturer. That left Peugeot with a fully developed racing car loaded with cutting edge technology that no longer had a purpose. Some of it found its way into the impressive Onyx concept car, however, the real world feasibility of such a machine was next to zero. So how do Peugeot make the most out of all the R&D data the defunct 908 racer gathered? The answer is the 208 Hybrid FE.
Utilising the engineers from the racing program Peugeot have created a plausible road car that produces some biblical figures. This 208 can achieve 141.2MPG and emit less than 50g/km of CO2! That is a real milestone in terms of efficiency and it is possible through the use of the racers hybrid system and a reworked 68BHP 1.0 litre engine. You might think that with that little engine this car will bit a tad on the weedy side, but you would be wrong. 0-62MPH is completed in 8 seconds which almost halves the 14 seconds of the standard car. Aerodynamics are key to the FE’s efficiency with a redesigned rear end and a completely flat floor. Bespoke tyres, suspension, transmission, extensive uses of carbon fibre and a narrower rear track all play a part in this concept.