A day with the crazy Peugeot Onyx
Made out of papier mâché and felt, the Onyx is a crazy concept with more than a hint of reality
Posted: 03 May 2013
But the mechanics look very nervous and are staring at me, the Onyx's potential pilot, with more than a hint of trepidation. I can't blame them - it was on TGTV yesterday, and straight after we're finished with the £1,000,000 Onyx, it's being packed off for more testing. And then it's heading to Geneva for the motor show, and then onto Shanghai for another motor show. In other words, if I stuff it, there will be an Onyx-sized hole on the Peugeot stand at two of the world's biggest and most important shop windows. I smile encouragingly at everyone. Nobody looks convinced.
But before we can get into the potentially embarrassing driving stuff, the engine needs warming up. Like the 908 Le Mans car, the Onyx needs to be plugged into a generator to heat all the fluids before it can even be turned over. So the bonnet is removed, the car's electrics are powered up, and the rear spoiler rises out of the bodywork to reveal the attachment points for the generator.