Peugeot and Total just announced the launch of a project based on the 208 that demonstrates the expertise of the two giants, the objective is to offer the maximum performance for a minimum CO2 emissions.
Mission 49-8 is the code name of the project, aiming to develop a car that can go from 0 to 100kph in less than 8 seconds with emissions of just 49 g/km! A dedicated website will be online soon.
The engineers used the current 68hp 1.0l VTi three-cylinder of the 208. Changes to this engine will have to be important since the series model travels the 0 to 100kph in 14 seconds with emission of 99g/km
To meet the challenge, Peugeot will review the aerodynamics, the drivetrain and reduce the weight of each component of the vehicle. Hutchinson tires, a subsidiary of Total will be made specifically for the car, as well as the rims. No less than 200 kg must be removed from the original 208 to reach the objective!
The powertrain of the vehicle will be inspired by Peugeot Sport Endurance programs, particularly the hybrid tech with a battery and a small electric motor to provide additional power to the current 1.0l VTi . Meanwhile, Total teams are developing fuels and lubricants for high revving and to avoid engine damages.
Appointment is made for the next March 5th with the launch of the official website Mission 49-8.