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
The wheel gun shatters my peaceful peering. The wheels are bolted back on, the bonnet is clipped back into place and I get a final briefing from the chief engineer. He's extremely nervous and keeps reminding me that the Onyx is wider at the back than it is at the front so "Be wary on the first corner." Unfortunately, his trepidation is infectious, and I start to worry, even though our test track today is two lanes wide pretty much everywhere.
Besides, as I slide into the surprisingly comfortable seat, there's no way I'd ever forget I'm in something very expensive and a little bit intimidating. The steering wheel is another 908 carry-over, full of buttons and confusing-looking switches. And the view out of the windscreen is limited. In fact, the view out of anywhere is severely restricted. The windscreen isn't glass but hi-tech PMMA (deep breath: polymethylmethacrylate), but because it's at a very shallow angle and has weird kinks in it, it's tricky to see out of.