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Peugeot supermini to combine hot hatch pace and 49g/km

19/02/13

PEUGEOT has revealed plans to create a supermini capable of the 0-62mph sprint in eight seconds flat, but also of returning carbon emissions of just 49g/km.

The Hybrid FE concept is so named because it aims to be both fun (F) and efficient (E), using advanced lightweight composite materials and a modified drivetrain.

A highly modified 208 VTi 1.0 68 is the test mule for Peugeot and partner company Total, whose technicians have already contributed to a 5% reduction in Peugeot’s emissions in recent years through refinements to fuels and lubricants.

Although no pictures of the project are yet available, Peugeot has stated that the first stage will be to work on the 208’s aerodynamics, reducing its drag coefficient significantly while maintaining an appealing style and the same interior space.

Following on from this the body panels, interior materials and even the windows will be made from advanced composite materials by Total’s subsidiary company CCP Composites. An astonishing 200kg weight saving is expected, which would take the 208 down to less than 800kg overall.

Finally, powering the concept will be a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain taken more or less straight from Peugeot’s efficiency and endurance programmes. It will use an automated manual gearbox and drive power to the road through lightweight wheels and special low rolling resistance tyres.

According to a press release from Peugeot, the various stages of the project can be followed from March 5 at the website www.mission49-8.com.

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