The new Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE was introduced at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The final product was collaboration between Peugeot with Total. This is the company’s attempt in the market of vehicles that will get 100 or more miles per gallon. The lessons that have been learned from building these concept cars will likely soon be seen in the Peugeots that will hit the showrooms.
Under the Hood
When it comes to what powers the 208 Hybrid Fe, you will find an aspirated 3 cylinder petrol engine under the hood. This is based on a 1.2 liter engine that was used in the 208 from CAR. There have been many tweaks made to this engine to make it even more economical. It is lighter because of a cylinder head that is milled from just a single block aluminum combined with titanium con rods. The compression ratio was raised and low friction lubricants are used. There has also been a diamond carbon coating applied to the camshafts and the pistons.
Under the rear seats there is a 40 bhp electric motor. The electric motor provides power to the front wheels and the batter is bolted near the fuel tank. The 208 offers 5 seats, which is something the company likes to point out as the XL1 project from Volkswagen only seats 2.
The Hybrid FE was given a different look than the road going 208. The FE is provided with a different front bumper, 19 inch wheels, and a carbon slatted front grille. Each of these are designed in order to help the vehicle cut through the air. The most eye catching aspect of this design is the back. Peugeot Sport finished this project in just 16 months and calls the new rear cutting edge. The airflow that comes off the back of the car is less turbulent than that in a regular car and it simply looks smarter as well. The goal was a 25% drag reduction. This drag reduction was helped by using a rear diffuser and a flat door as well as thin 145 section tires. The coefficient of drag for the FE is just 0.25.
One of the other big changes about the FE is that it weighs much less than a regular 208. The main reason for this is because of resin composite pieces that are bonded together instead of being weaved together like carbon fire which is much more expensive.
The suspension is made using flexible resin items and the interior trim is made from natural fibers as is all of the new bodywork. There is even a new plating method used for the chrome bright work to help shave off grams of weight. The overall weight is claimed to be 780 kilograms, which is a full 200 kilograms lighter than the production models of the series.
When it comes down to it, the Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE offered by Peugeot and Total is a real innovation. The concept that they have come up with is extremely impressive. In order to get 148 miles per gallon from a hybrid that is not plugged in is extremely impressive. In addition, this one can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 8 seconds. While some of the technology that has been shown is decades from being produced, there are many of the concepts that are just a few years away, which is really great news for auto buyers. This means that there will soon be another car available that gets well over 100 miles per gallon, without needing a plug in.