Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE: tests and origin of the project
On 28th and 29th October, 35 car reporters and bloggers were invited to discover the PEUGEOT 208 HYbrid FE, in detail and live, on the Mortefontaine circuit.
The 208 HYbrid FE, born of the combined expertise of PEUGEOT, PEUGEOT SPORT and TOTAL and presented as a mock-up at the last Frankfurt Motor Show, has been developed into a drivable prototype following exploration of several avenues to reduce consumption to under the of 2 litres per 100 km. A bet that has paid off, as it produces just 46 grams of CO2 per kilometer!
The guests, from France, Europe and China, had the opportunity of discussing the car with experts from the group – PEUGEOT Sport, DRD, Style PEUGEOT – as well as with other project partners – TOTAL, Hutchinson and CCF Composites – since this demonstration car is the result of a collaboration between PEUGEOT and various divisions of TOTAL.
After quick test drives of the Peugeot 208 1.0 L VTi 68 hp and 208 GTi, which were used as the basis and a benchmark for the development, they were able to try out, not one but two examples of the 208 HYbrid FE, in both "ECO" and "FUN" modes. They were pleasantly surprised by the polished style of the cars as well as by the ability, rare in the car industry, to test out a technology demonstrator: a real privilege since the wheels first turned only at the beginning of September 2013 and this was the first test run of such a length.
The PEUGEOT 208 HYbrid FE project, started in June 2012, is based on a 208 equipped with the new-generation-EB 3-cylinder 1.0 L engine that emits 99 g of CO2 per km.
Development was achieved in four main areas: engine, hybridisation, weight-lightening (200 kg saving), and aerodynamics (while maintaining a coherent style). The performance target was achieved, with 0 to 100 km/h reached in 8 seconds. The CO2 emissions goal, initially set at 49 g/km, has been exceeded with official accreditation at 46 g/km!
Discover the origin of the project on video.
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