Materials science: the Peugeot Onyx
Q) What's the Peugeot Onyx concept made of? A) Copper, paper, felt, blood, sweat and tears...
Posted: 12 Oct 2012
It's a big step, a Peugeot supercar, but this one has been executed with real skill. It looks achievable rather than outlandish and, because the exterior styling isn't overpowering, the materials and interior have a chance to make an impression. It's all rather complementary. Vidal terms it "coherence", and it's one of the things he's most proud of. If it were me, I'd be happiest that the car had proven itself able to cope with the past couple of days: being wrung out on the test track, then left outside and baked senseless in 35°C heat. That speaks volumes for the depth of engineering - never mind design and styling - that has gone into the Onyx.
You get the sense it's important that this car works and can prove itself to be something more than a styling exercise. Despite its detachment from the current model line-up, the Onyx shows aim and purpose, and has a clear sense of direction. In that, this concept car can be seen as a metaphor for the future of Peugeot as a whole.