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
Just look at the size of that door panel, too - big enough to necessitate a whole new method of opening. The designers didn't want to break the copper panel with a vertical door shutline behind the front wheel, so the panel progressively detaches itself from the frame as the door is opened, overlapping the 20-inch, carbon-spoked wheels. It's a neat trick, one that demands your full attention and has you opening and closing the door a few times before you actually bother clambering into an interior clad largely in felt - boiled wool to you and me. Glued in place with no visible joins, it's another natural touch in a car that clearly values such matters, although gripping a woolly steering wheel that seems to be developing alopecia under my sweaty palms isn't my idea of a good contact patch.