January 20, 2021


Possibly the best-looking concept in recent years, the carbon-fibre and copper Onyx was unveiled by Peugeot in 2012 and has a 3.7-litre hybrid V8 engine that, thanks to its energy recuperation system, can generate more than 600bhp. Cooled by ducts which begin at the roof via NACA take-offs, the V8 is bolted onto the car’s carbon-fibre shell and transmits its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The HYbrid4 technology recovers the kinetic energy usually lost during braking. Stored in lithium-ion batteries, this energy is then delivered automatically on acceleration, boosting the power by an additional 80bhp.

Fitted with tyres specially developed by Michelin, 275/30 at the front and 345/30 at the rear, the 20-inch wheels see their hub retained on the structure by a double wishbone and an in-board controlled suspension, both at the front and at the rear.

As well as the advanced tech under the body, inside there’s some fun stuff going on too, with materials such as ‘newspaper wood’ (made from recycled newspapers, naturally) used to create the interior.

Of course, while all this technology and use of unusual materials is very interesting, what’s really special about the Onyx is the way it looks. It’s wide, it’s low, it’s got great curves and the combination of matte black carbon-fibre and real copper sheeting is sensational.