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
After half an hour, mechanics start to clamber into the Onyx, which means the temperatures must be about right. They also have to remove the rear wheels so that they can turn the engine and 'box over manually. It's all about circulating warm oils around the various metal parts. And taking the rear wheels off is simply a practical thing - it's easier to spin the hubs than grab a tyre.
But this does at least give us a chance to peer into the business end of the Onyx and, to be honest, it all looks a bit incongruous. The inside of the rear wheel arch is plainly from a concept car because it doesn't look finished, but all around this are normal bits like springs and dampers and brakes. Things you recognise from any ordinary family hatch. You can even see a section of exhaust poking through bodywork. A mishmash of reality and fantasy.